NCS Awards

Each year, during the NCS Annual Reuben Awards Weekend, the Society honors the year’s outstanding achievements in all walks of the profession. The recipient of our profession’s highest honor, the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year is chosen by a secret ballot of the members.

The Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded by unanimous vote of the NCS Board of Directors, as is the Silver T-Square, an award that recognizes outstanding service to the Society and the profession.

The Reuben Award

Reuben winners Bil Keane, Sergio Aragones, Patrick McDonnell and Jim Borgman.

Reuben winners Bil Keane, Sergio Aragones, Patrick McDonnell and Jim Borgman.

The Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year is chosen by a secret ballot of the members of the National Cartoonists Society.
The Reuben Award is the highest honor that the profession bestows. As with all the NCS awards, the winner need not be a member of the Society.
The award was previously called the Billy DeBeck Memorial Award, and the recipient received an engraved silver cigarette box.
The Reuben was introduced in 1954 and is named after longtime Honorary President Rube Goldberg. The statue is based on one of Goldberg’s irreverent pieces of sculpture. The eight winners who had received the “Barney,” as the Billy DeBeck Award was dubbed, subsequently received Reuben statuettes and are termed Reuben winners in the Society’s annals.

The Gold Key

The Gold Key, awarded by unanimous vote of the NCS Board of Directors, honors the recipient as a member of the National Cartoonists Society Hall of Fame.

The Caniff

Caniff Award recipients Morrie Turner (with Michael Ramirez), R.O. Blechman, Sandra Boynton and Brad Anderson.

Caniff Award recipients Morrie Turner (with Michael Ramirez), R.O. Blechman, Sandra Boynton and Brad Anderson.

The Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded by unanimous vote of the NCS Board of Directors. It is given for a lifetime of outstanding and accomplished work to a cartoonist who has not previously won a Reuben (The one exception was the posthumous award to Charles M. Schulz, who was awarded a unique Golden Caniff for his outstanding contribution to the artform).

1994 Harry Devlin
1994 Will Eisner
1995 Al Hirschfeld
1996 Jack Davis
1997 Dale Messick
1998 Bill Gallo
1999 Charles Schulz
2002 Jerry Robinson
2003 Morrie Turner
2004 Jules Feiffer
2005 Gahan Wilson
2006 Ralph Steadman
2007 Sandra Boynton
2008 Frank Frazetta
2009 Joe Kubert
2009 George Booth
2010 R.O. Blechman
2012 Brad Anderson

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The T-Square

Jed Kemsley accepts the T-Square on behalf of his late father, James. Luke and Joe McGarry, youngest-ever recipients of the T-Square at 18 years old. David Low receives the first T-Square in 1948. Lee Salem makes off with his award, 2007.

Jed Kemsley accepts the T-Square on behalf of his late father, James. Luke and Joe McGarry, youngest-ever recipients of the T-Square at 18 years old. David Low receives the first T-Square in 1948. Lee Salem makes off with his award, 2007.

The Gold T-Square is awarded for 50 years as professional cartoonist. So far, two have been presented: to Rube Goldberg in 1955 and to Mort Walker in 1999.

The Silver T-Square is awarded, by unanimous vote of the NCS Board of Directors, to persons who have demonstrated outstanding dedication or service to the Society or the profession. The recipients to date are:

1948 David Low
1949 Carl Ed
1949 Cliff Sterrett
1949 H.C. "Bud" Fisher
1949 Frank King
1949 George McManus
1950 John Snyder
1950 Harry S. Truman
1950 Martin Branner
1950 James Berryman
1951 Reg Manning
1953 Ed Kuekes
1954 George M. Humphrey
1954 Diwght D. Eisenhower
1954 Herbert Block
1956 Gluvas Williams
1956 James Thurber
1956 Al Posen
1956 Al Pierotti
1957 Harry Hershfield
1957 Milton Caniff
1957 Tom Little
1957 Bob Dunn
1958 Russell Patterson
1959 Carl Rose
1959 Bill Mauldin
1960 McGowan Miller
1960 Ben Roth (posthumous)
1961 Mort Walker
1961 Joe Musial
1962 Edmund Valtman
1963 Steve Douglas
1964 Vernon Greene
1964 Tom Gill
1967 Al Smith
1969 Irwin Hasen
1969 Otto Soglow
1969 Dick Ericson
1970 George Wunder
1970 Alfred Andriola
1971 Frank Fogarty
1971 Dick Hodgins Sr.
1972 Walt Kelly
1972 John Norment
1972 Larry Katzman
1972 David Pascal
1973 Bill Crawford
1973 John Fischetti
1973 Jack Tippit
1974 "Tack" Knight
1974 Isadore Klein
1975 Jack Rosen
1975 Hal Foster
1976 Al Kilgore
1977 Paul Szep
1977 Bill Kresse
1977 Lyman Young
1978 Bill Gallo
1978 Jim Ruth
1978 Hank Ketcham
1979 Dick Hodgins Jr.
1979 Sylvan Byck
1979 Ed Mitchell
1979 Jim Ivey
1980 Buck Peters
1981 John Cullen Murphy
1982 George Wolfe
1984 Sam Norkin
1986 Lee Falk
1992 Creig Flessel
1992 Herb Jacoby
1993 George Breisacher
1995 Arnold & Caroline Roth
1996 David Folkman
1996 Bill Janocha
1997 Tim Rosenthal
1998 Joe Duffy
2000 Mell Lazarus
2001 Ted Goff
2001 Frank Pauer
2002 Bil Keane
2002 Joseph D’Angelo
2003 Jud Hurd
2003 John McMeel
2005 Dick Locher
2006 Joe & Luke McGarry
2007 Stu Rees
2008 James Kemsley (posthumous)
2008 Jeff Bacon
2010 Lucy Caswell
2011 Steve McGarry

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Division Awards

Excellence in the fields of newspaper strips, newspaper panels, TV animation, feature animation, newspaper illustration, gag cartoons, book illustration, greeting cards, comic books, magazine feature/magazine illustration, and editorial cartoons, is honored in the NCS Division Awards, which are chosen by specially-convened juries at the chapter level.

Advertising Illustration

Advertising Illustration Winners L-R: Steve Brodner 2009, Dave Whamond 2010, Nick Galifianakis 2011 and Ed Steckley 2012.

Advertising Illustration Winners L-R: Steve Brodner 2009, Dave Whamond 2010, Nick Galifianakis 2011 and Ed Steckley 2012

Previously titled Advertising and Illustration, in 1976 it divided into two separate categories, Advertising and Illustration, combining again from 1982 to 1985. They divided again in 1986. This category was titled Commercial in 1989 and 1990.

1956 Harry Devlin
1957 Russell Patterson
1958 Carl Rose
1959 Ronald Searle
1960 Noel Sickles
1961 Eric Gurney
1962 Harry Devlin and noel sickles (tied)
1963 Harry Devlin
1964 Dick Hodgins, Jr.
1965 Ronald Searle
1966 Dick Hodgins, Jr.
1967 Roy Doty
1968 Dave Pascal
1969 Ronald Michaud
1970 Roy Doty
1971 Eric Gurney
1972 Irwin Caplan
1973 Al Jaffee
1974 Bill Kresse
1975 Burne Hogarth
1976 Mike Berry
1977 Charles Saxon
1978 Roy Doty
1979 Mischa Richter
1980 Jack Davis
1981 Irwin Caplan
1982 Arnold Roth
1983 Ronald Michaud
1984 Arnold Roth
1985 Arnold Roth
1986 Ronald Searle
1987 Ronald Searle
1988 Bob Bindig
1989 Roy Doty
1990 Steve Duquette
1991 W.B. Park
1992 Daryl Cagle
1993 Edward Sorel
1994 Jerry Buckley
1995 Jack Pittman
1996 Roy Doty
1997 B.B. Sams
1998 Jack Pittman
1999 Craig McKay
2000 Craig McKay
2001 Pat Byrnes
2002 Jim Hummel
2003 Tom Richmond
2004 Mike Lester
2005 Roy Doty
2006 Tom Richmond
2007 Tom Richmond
2008 Craig McKay
2009 Steve Brodner
2010 Dave Whamond
2011 Nick Galifianakis
2012 Ed Steckley

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Animation

'Family Guy' earned Seth McFarlane the Television Animation Award in 2009, Nico Marlet picked up the Feature Animation award in 2008 and 2010 for his work on 'Kung Fu Panda' and 'How to Train Your Dragon' (pictured), and Steve Hillenburg won for 'Spongebob Squarepants' in 2002.

‘Family Guy’ earned Seth McFarlane the Television Animation Award in 2009, Nico Marlet picked up the Feature Animation award in 2008 and 2010 for his work on ‘Kung Fu Panda’ and ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ (pictured), and Steve Hillenburg won for ‘Spongebob Squarepants’ in 2002

Prior to 1995, when it was divided into Feature Animation and Television Animation, the category was titled Animation. In 1989 and 1990, the category was titled Electronic Media.

1957 Walt Disney
1958
Paul Terry
1960 Bill Hanna & Joe Barbera
1961 Walt Disney
1963 Walt Disney
1972 Bill Melendez
1973 Johnny Hart
1974 Jim Logan
1975 Isadore Klein
1976 Howard Beckerman
1977 Sergio Aragones
1978 Ralph Bakshi
1979 Hilda Terry
1980 Selby Kelly
1981 Selby Kelly
1982 Bill Melendez
1983 Howard Beckerman
1984 Nancy Beiman
1985 Chuck Jones
1986 Chuck Jones
1987 Chuck Jones
1988 Bill Melendez
1989 Chuck Jones
1990 Chuck Jones
1991 Glen Keane
1992 Eric Goldberg
1993 Tim Burton
1994 David Silverman

Feature Animation

1995 Joe Grant
1996 Mark Miller & crew
1997 Nik Ranieri
1998 Chen Yi Chang
1999 Brad Bird
2000 Eric Goldberg
2001 Pete Docter
2002 Chris Sanders
2003 Andrew Stanton
2004 Brad Bird
2005 Nick Park
2006 Carter Goodrich
2007 David Silverman
2008 Nicolas Marlet
2009 Ronnie Del Carmen
2010 Nicolas Marlet
2011 Mark McCreery

Television Animation

1995 Bruce Tim
1996 Everett Peck
1997 David Feiss
1998 Danny Antonucci
1999 Rich Moore
2000 Gary Baseman
2001 Chris Reccard & Lynn Naylor
2002 Steve Hillenburg
2003 Paul Rudish
2004 Craig McCracken
2005 David Silverman
2006 Craig McCracken
2007 Stephen Silver
2008 Sandra Equiha & Jorge Gutierrez
2009 Seth McFarlane
2010 Dave Filoni
2011 Erik Wiese

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Book Illustration

'B.B. Sams was voted 2002 Book Illustrator of the Year. That same year he was also nominated in the Advertising Illustration category, but lost out to Jim Hummel. John Manders won in 2012, and Mike Lester has picked up the award four times since 2000.

B.B. Sams was voted 2002 Book Illustrator of the Year. That same year he was also nominated in the Advertising Illustration category, but lost out to Jim Hummel. John Manders won in 2012, and Mike Lester has picked up the award four times since 2000.

1999 T. Lewis
2000 Mike Lester
2001 Frank Cho
2002 B.B. Sams
2003 Chris Payne
2004 Geefwee Boedoe
2005 Ralph Steadman
2006 Mike Lester
2007 Sandra Boynton
2008 Mike Lester
2009 Dave Whamond
2010 Mike Lester
2011 John Rocco

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Comic Books

'Sergio Aragones has won four Comic Book Division Awards. In addition, the

Sergio Aragones has won four Comic Book Division Awards. In addition, the “Mad” Magazine legend has won in the Gag Cartoon, Animation, Special Features and Magazine & Book Illustration divisions, as well as winning the 1996 Reuben Award.

From 1970 until 1981, two separate categories were created, Humor and Story. Since 1982, the category has once more been called Comic Book, with the exception of 1989 and 1990, when it was merged with Magazine and Book Illustration.

1956 - 1969

1956 Jerry Robinson
1957 Wallace Wood
1958 Carmine Infantino & Steve Douglas (tied)
1959 Wallace Wood
1960 Bob Oksner
1961 Bob Oksner
1962 Bob Gustafson
1963 Frank Thorne
1964 Paul Fung
1965 Wallace Wood
1966 Al Williamson
1967 Will Eisner
1968 Will Eisner
1969 Will Eisner

Humor

Story

1970 Tom Gill
1971 Gil Kane
1972 Gil Kane
1973 Frank Springer
1974 Joe Kubert
1975 Gil Kane
1976 Tex Blaisdell
1977 Frank Springer
1978 Al McWilliams
1979 Will Eisner
1980 Joe Kubert
1981 Frank Springer

1982 - Today

1982 Bob Gustafson
1983 Hy Eisman
1984 Kurt Schaffenberger
1985 Dick Ayers
1986 Sergio Aragones
1987 Will Eisner
1988 Will Eisner
1991 Frank Miller
1992 Todd McFarlane
1993 Mark Chiarello
1994 Dan Jurgens
1995 Jeff Smith
1996 Jeff Smith
1998 Alex Ross
1999 Chris Ware
2000 Don Decarlo
2001 Frank Cho
2002 Stan Sakai
2004 Darwyn Cooke
2005 Paul Chadwick
2006 Gene Luen Yang
2007 Shaun Tan
2008 Cyril Pedrosa
2009 Paul Pope
2010 Jill Thompson
2011 J.H. Williams

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Editorial Cartoons

Etta Hulme became the first female cartoonist to win in the Editorial division with her win in 1981. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram staffer recorded her second win in the category in 1998. Michael Ramirez has won the Editorial Cartoon Award three times since 2006.

Etta Hulme became the first female cartoonist to win in the Editorial division with her win in 1981. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram staffer recorded her second win in the category in 1998. Michael Ramirez has won the Editorial Cartoon Award three times since 2006.

1956 Bill Crawford
1957 Bill Crawford & Herbert Block (tied)
1958 Bill Crawford
1959 Bill Mauldin
1960 Herbert Block
1961 Karl Hubenthal
1962 John Fischetti
1963 John Fischetti
1964 John Fischetti
1965 John Fischetti
1966 Bill Crawford
1967 Karl Hubenthal
1968 Warren King
1969 Blaine
1970 Karl Hubenthal
1971 Pat Oliphant
1972 Dick Hodgins, Jr.
1973 Pat Oliphant
1974 Pat Oliphant
1975 John Pierotti
1976 Dick Hodgins, Jr.
1977 Jeff MacNelly
1978 Paul Szep
1979 Frank Evers
1980 Larry Wright
1981 Etta Hulme
1982 Mike Peters
1983 Mike Peters
1984 Pat Oliphant & Larry Wright (tied)
1985 Don Wright
1986 Jim Borgman
1987 Jim Borgman
1988 Jim Borgman
1989 Pat Oliphant
1990 Pat Oliphant
1991 Pat Oliphant
1992 Jim Morin
1993 Bill Schorr
1994 Jim Borgman
1995 Chip Bok
1996 Bill Day
1997 Glenn McCoy
1998 Etta Hulme
1999 Chip Bok
2000 Jerry Holbert
2001 Mike Luckovich
2002 Clay Bennett
2003 Tom Toles
2004 Jeff Parker
2005 Jim Borgman
2006 Michael Ramirez
2007 Bill Schorr
2008 Michael Ramirez
2009 John Sherffius
2010 Gary Varvel
2011 Michael Ramirez

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Gag Cartoons

Chon Day, first recipient (1956) and three-time winner of the Gag Cartoon Award. Brothers Glenn and Gary McCoy have both notched-up victories in this Division. Roz Chast took home the award in 2012.

Chon Day, first recipient (1956) and three-time winner of the Gag Cartoon Award. Brothers Glenn and Gary McCoy have both notched-up victories in this Division. Roz Chast took home the award in 2012.

1956 Chon Day
1957 John Gallagher
1958 Eldon Dedini
1959 Vahan Shirvanian
1961 Eldon Dedini
1962 Chon Day
1963 Jack Tippit
1964 Eldon Dedini
1965 Orlando Busino
1966 Jack Tippit
1967 Orlando Busino
1968 Orlando Busino
1969 George Wolfe
1970 Chon Day
1971 John Gallagher
1972 Don Orehek
1973 George Wolfe
1974 Mischa Richter
1975 George Wolfe
1976 George Wolfe
1977 Bill Hoest
1978 Henry Martin
1979 Jack Markow
1980 Charles Saxon
1981 Bo Brown
1982 Don Orehek
1983 Sergio Aragones
1984 Don Orehek
1985 Don Orehek
1986 Charles Saxon
1987 Charles Saxon
1988 Eldon Dedini
1991 Arnie Levin
1992 Arnie Levin
1993 George Booth
1994 John Reiner
1995 Lee Lorenz
1996 Glenn McCoy
1997 Mark Tonra
1998 Charles Barsotti
1999 Rick Stromoski
2000 Kim Warp
2001 Jerry King
2002 Glenn McCoy
2003 Glenn McCoy
2004 Robert Weber
2005 Glenn McCoy
2006 Drew Dernavitch
2007 Mort Gerberg
2008 Mort Gerberg
2009 Glenn McCoy
2010 Gary McCoy
2011 Zach Kanin

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Greeting Cards

Oliver Christianson has been signing his work 'REVILO' since he graduated as an illustration major from California State University, Long Beach, and began a career in cartooning for a variety of men's magazines. His work is familiar to millions thanks to his output for Hallmark Cards. He was named Greeting Cards cartoonist of the year in 2001. Rick Stromoski became the first cartoonist to win twice in the Greeting Cards Division with his wins in 1995 and 1998. He's also won for Gag Cartoons. Jem Sullivan has also won twice, in 2008 and 2012.

Oliver Christianson has been signing his work ‘REVILO’ since he graduated as an illustration major from California State University, Long Beach, and began a career in cartooning for a variety of men’s magazines. His work is familiar to millions thanks to his output for Hallmark Cards. He was named Greeting Cards cartoonist of the year in 2001. Rick Stromoski became the first cartoonist to win twice in the Greeting Cards Division with his wins in 1995 and 1998. He’s also won for Gag Cartoons. Jem Sullivan has also won twice, in 2008 and 2012.

1991 Patrick McDonnell
1992 Sandra Boynton
1993 W.B. Park
1994 Roy Doty
1995 Rick Stromoski
1996 Suzy Spafford
1997 Dave Coverly
1998 Rick Stromoski
1999 Anne Gibbons
2000 Bill Brewer
2001 Oliver Christianson
2002 Glenn McCoy
2003 Glenn McCoy
2004 Glenn McCoy
2005 Gary McCoy
2006 Carla Ventresca
2007 Dave Mowder
2008 Jem Sullivan
2009 Debbie Tomasi
2010 Jim Benton
2011 Glenn McCoy

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Magazine Feature & Magazine Illustration

An Arnold Roth illustration from

An Arnold Roth illustration from “Choosing and Enjoying Wines,” 1965 – In his 50-plus years as a freelance cartoonist, the brilliant Arnold Roth has won 6 times in this category, twice in Sports Cartoons, and once in Special Features. A former NCS President, he has won the Reuben, shares a Silver T-Square with wife Caroline, and is the recipient of the Society’s Gold Key award. More recently, Australian Anton Emdin won the award in 2010 and 2012.

Originally titled Illustration after breaking from Advertising in 1976, this category combined again with Advertising from 1982 to 1985. In 1989 the focus became Magazine and Book Illustration, which was then divided into separate categories. As of 2003, the category was amended to Magazine Feature and Magazine Illustration.

1976 Arnold Roth
1977 Harry Devlin
1978 Harry Devlin
1979 Arnold Roth
1980 Ronald Searle
1981 Arnold Roth
1986 Arnold Roth
1987 Arnold Roth
1988 Arnold Roth
1989 Sergio Aragones
1990 Harry Devlin
1991 Patrick McDonnell
1992 Burne Hogarth
1993 Hal Mayforth
1994 Rick Geary
1995 Richard Thompson
1996 Doug Cushman
1997 Guy Gilchrist
1998 Guy Gilchrist
1999 Kevin Rechin
2000 Peter de Seve
2001 Mark Brewer
2002 C.F. Payne
2003 Herman Meija
2004 Jack Pittman
2005 C.F. Payne
2006 Steve Brodner
2007 Daryll Collins
2008 Sam Viviano
2009 Ray Alma
2010 Anton Emdin
2011 Edward Sorel

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Newspaper Illustration

Steve McGarry won the 2002 award with this center-spread illustration. The same year, he won the General illustration Award from the Australian Cartoonists Association, the first artist ever to win awards from both societies. On the right, 2008's winner, Mark Marturello.

Steve McGarry won the 2002 award with this center-spread illustration. The same year, he won the General illustration Award from the Australian Cartoonists Association, the first artist ever to win awards from both societies. On the right, 2008’s winner, Mark Marturello.

1994 Jerry Dowling
1995 Richard Thompson
1996 David Clark
1997 Bob Staake
1998 Grey Blackwell
1999 Pierre Bellocq
2000 Drew Friedman
2001 Prudencio Miel, Jr.
2002 Steve McGarry
2003 Bob Rich
2004 Michael McParlane
2005 Bob Rich
2006 Laurie Triefeldt
2007 Sean Kelly
2008 Mark Marturello
2009 Tom Richmond
2010 Michael McParlane
2011 Bob Rich

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Newspaper Panel

2010 winner Glenn McCoy and 2012 winner Hillary Price. Price also won in 2006 and 2009 and is nominated for the 2013 Reuben Award.

2010 winner Glenn McCoy and 2012 winner Hillary Price. Price also won in 2006 and 2009 and is nominated for the 2013 Reuben Award.

1956 George Lichty (Grin and Bear It)
1957 Jimmy Hatlo (They’ll Do It Every Time)
1958 Bob Barnes (The Better Half)
1959 Jimmy Hatlo (They’ll Do It Every Time)
1960 George Lichty (Grin and Bear It)
1961 George Clark (The Neighbors)
1962 George Lichty (Grin and Bear It)
1963 Jerry Robinson (Still Life)
1964 George Lichty (Grin and Bear It)
1965 Jim Berry (Berry’s World)
1966 Jim Berry (Berry’s World)
1967 Bil Keane (The Family Circus)
1968 Bob Dunn (They’ll Do It Every Time)
1969 Bob Dunn (They’ll Do It Every Time)
1970 Jack Tippit (Amy)
1971 Bil Keane (The Family Circus)
1972 Jim Berry (Berry’s World)
1973 Bil Keane (The Family Circus)
1974 Bil Keane (The Family Circus)
1975 Bill Hoest (The Lockhorns)
1976 Paul Frehm (Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!)
1977 Ted Key (Hazel)
1978 Brad Anderson (Marmaduke)
1979 Bob Dunn & Al Scaduto (They’ll Do It Every Time)
1980 Bill Hoest (The Lockhorns)
1981 Henry Boltinoff (Stoker the Broker)
1982 Jim Unger (Herman)
1983 Bob Thaves (Frank and Ernest)
1984 Bob Thaves (Frank and Ernest)
1985 Gary Larson (The Far Side)
1986 Bob Thaves (Frank and Ernest)
1987 Jim Unger (Herman)
1988 Gary Larson (The Far Side)
1991 Al Scaduto (They’ll Do It Every Time)
1992 Don Addis (Bent Offerings)
1993 Bill Rechin (Out Of Bounds)
1994 Dave Coverly (Speed Bump)
1995 Wiley Miller (Non Sequitur)
1996 Wiley Miller (Non Sequitur)
1997 David Gantz (Gantz Glances)
1998 Wiley Miller (Non Sequitur)
1999 Dan Piraro (Bizarro)
2000 Dan Piraro (Bizarro)
2001 Dan Piraro (Bizarro)
2002 Dave Coverly (Speed Bump)
2003 Jerry Van Amerongen (Ballard Street)
2004 Marcus Hamilton (Dennis The Menace)
2005 Jerry Van Amerongen (Ballard Street)
2006 Hilary Price (Rhymes With Orange)
2007 Chad Carpenter (Tundra)
2008 Mark Parisi (Off The Mark)
2009 Hilary Price (Rhymes With Orange)
2010 Glenn McCoy
2011 Mark Parisi (Off The Mark)

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Newspaper Strips

Rick Kirkman won for 'Baby Blues', his co-creation with Jerry Scott, in 1995. The rules were subsequently amended so that both creators are nominated, later allowing Scott to win twice with his 'Zits' co-creator, Jim Borgman.

Rick Kirkman won for ‘Baby Blues’, his co-creation with Jerry Scott, in 1995. The rules were subsequently amended so that both creators are nominated, later allowing Scott to win twice with his ‘Zits’ co-creator, Jim Borgman.

Prior to 1989, strips were adjudicated in two separate categories, Humor Strips and Story Strips.

Humor

1957 Gus Arriola (Gordo) & Frank King (Gasoline Alley) tied
1958 Martin Branner (Winnie Winkle)
1959 Dik Browne (Hi and Lois)
1960 Dik Browne (Hi and Lois)
1961 Ernie Bushmiller (Nancy)
1962 Charles M. Schulz (Peanuts)
1963 Fred Lasswell (Barney Google & and Snuffy Smith)
1964 Frank O’Neal (Short Ribs)
1965 Gus Arriola (Gordo)
1966 Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey)
1967 Johnny Hart (B.C.)
1968 Al Smith (Mutt and Jeff)
1969 Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey)
1970 Bud Blake (Tiger)
1971 Brant Parker (The Wizard of Id)
1972 Dik Browne (Hi and Lois)
1973 Mell Lazarus (Miss Peach)
1974 Reg Smythe (Andy Capp)
1975 Russell Myers (Broom-Hilda)
1976 Brant Parker (The Wizard of Id)
1977 Dik Browne (Hi and Lois)
1978 Bud Blake (Tiger)
1979 Mell Lazarus (Miss Peach)
1980 Brant Parker (The Wizard of Id)
1981 Jim Davis (Garfield)
1982 Brant Parker (The Wizard of Id)
1983 Brant Parker(The Wizard of Id)
1984 Dik Browne (Hagar the Horrible)
1985 Jim Davis (Garfield)
1986 Dik Browne (Hagar the Horrible)
1987 ART and Chip Sansom (The Born Loser)
1988 Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes)

Story

1960 Leonard Starr (On Stage)
1961 Irwin Hasen (Dondi)
1962 Irwin Hasen (Dondi)
1963 Leonard Starr (On Stage)
1964 Hal Foster (Prince Valiant)
1965 Roy Crane (Buz Sawyer)
1966 John Prentice (Rip Kirby)
1967 John Prentice (Rip Kirby)
1968 Alex Kotsky (Apt. 3-G)
1969 Stan Drake (The Heart of Juliet Jones)
1970 Stan Drake (The Heart of Juliet Jones)
1971 John C. Murphy (Big Ben Bolt and Prince Valiant)
1972 Stan Drake (The Heart of Juliet Jones)
1973 Dick Moores (Gasoline Alley)
1974 John C. Murphy (Prince Valiant)
1975 Dale Messick (Brenda Starr)
1976 John C. Murphy (Prince Valiant)
1977 Gil Kane (Star Hawks)
1978 John C. Murphy (Prince Valiant)
1979 Milton Caniff (Steve Canyon)
1980 Dick Moores (Gasoline Alley)
1981 Dick Moores (Gasoline Alley)
1982 Dick Moores (Gasoline Alley)
1983 Leonard Starr (Annie)
1984 John C. Murphy (Prince Valiant)
1985 Dick Moores (Gasoline Alley)
1986 John Prentice (Rip Kirby)
1987 John C. Murphy (Prince Valiant)
1988 Jim Scancarelli (Gasoline Alley)

1989 - Today

1989 Johnny Hart (B.C.)
1990 ART and Chip Sansom (The Born Loser)
1991 Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse)
1992 Wiley Miller (Non Sequitur)
1993 Bud Grace (Ernie)
1994 Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury)
1995 Rick Kirkman (Baby Blues)
1996 Patrick McDonnell (Mutts)
1997 Scott Adams (Dilbert)
1998 Jerry Scott & Jim Borgman (Zits)
1999 Jerry Scott & Jim Borgman (Zits)
2000 Bud Blake (Tiger)
2001 Brian Crane (Pickles)
2002 Darby Conley (Get Fuzzy)
2003 Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine)
2004 Glenn McCoy (The Duplex)
2005 Brooke McEldowney (9 Chickweed Lane)
2006 Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine)
2007 Jim Meddick (Monty)
2008 Mark Tatulli (Lio)
2009 Jerry Scott & Jim Borgman (Zits)
2010 Jeff Parker & Steve Kelley (Dustin)
2011 Glenn McCoy (The Duplex)

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Other Awards

Other awards have been presented to notables and others during theme events. Marge Duffy Devine, Herb Jacoby and Jim Russell all received special awards for outstanding service to the NCS.

The Tim Rosenthal Award is a chapter award to recognize outstanding service at chapter level.

The Award of Honor was for recognition of the American cartoon as an instrument in war, peace, education and in the artistic betterment of our cultural environment. On September 22, 1965, the following were honored: General Omar N. Bradley, Walter Cronkite, John C. Daly and John Cameron Swayze.

The ACE Award

The Amateur Cartoonist Extraordinary award, primarily ceremonial, is given to a celebrity or notable who aspired at one time to become a cartoonist, but whose path led them to an entirely different career. This list reflects the cumulative data that currently exists:

1961 Arne Rhode
1962 Carol Burnett
1963 Hugh Hefner
1963 Jonathan Winters
1964 Chuck Mccann
196? Cliff Arquette
1967 Jackie Gleason
1970 Orson Bean
1972 Bobby Day
1973 Robert Lansing
1974 Jane Powell
1975 Rita Moreno
197? Boyd Lewis
1979 Linda Gialanella
1980 Ginger Rogers
1981 Claire Trevor
1990 John Updike
1991 Al Roker
1992 Tom Wolfe
1993 Pete Hamill
1996 Denis Leary
1998 Morley Safer

Rocky Graziano accepts his No.1 Award.

Rocky Graziano accepts his No.1 Award.

The No.1 Award

This primarily ceremonial award was given to the sports personality of the year. Sculpted by Bill Crawford, it was presented at Sports Night. Our list reflects the cumulative data that currently exists:

1968 Ralph Houk
1970 Gil Hodges
1971 Jack Dempsey
1971 Joan Whitney Payson
1972 Leroy "Satchel" Paige
1974 Rocky Graziano
1974 Monte Irwin
197? Casey Stengel
19?? Pearl Bailey
19?? Yogi Berra
19?? Dave Debusschere
19?? Reggie Jackson
19?? Willis Reed
1984 Phil Rizzuto

The Elzie Segar Award

This award is presented to a person who has made a unique and outstanding contribution to the profession of cartooning. The winner was selected by the NCS Board and later by King Features Syndicate, in honor of "Popeye" creator, Elzie Segar.

Reuben Weekends

Prior to 1983, the Reuben Awards Dinner was held in New York, usually at the Plaza Hotel. Since then, the event has expanded into a full weekend and is held in a different city each year.

Special artwork is created for the Reuben Weekends and used on T-Shirts, souvenir tote bags and the Reuben Journal.

1983 Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles CA
1984 The Plaza, New York NY
1985 The Plaza, New York NY
1986 JW Marriott, Washington DC
1987 The Plaza, New York NY
1988 Westin St. Francis, San Francisco CA
1989 Fairmont Royal York, Toronto, Canada
1990 Sunward II, The Bahamas
1991 Sunward II, The Bahamas
1992 Renaissance Mayflower, Washington DC
1993 Gainey Ranch, Scotsdale AZ
1994 Sheraton Grande Torrey Pines, La Jolla CA
1995 Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton FL
1996 Waldorf Astoria, New York NY
1997 Grove Park Inn Resort, Asheville NC
1998 Ritz Carlton Huntington Hotel, Pasadena CA
1999 Hyatt Regency Alamo Plaza, San Antonio TX
2000 Marriott World Trade Center, New York NY
2001 Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton FL
2002 Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach, Cancun, Mexico
2003 The Palace, San Francisco CA
2004 Fairmont at the Plaza, Kansas City MO
2005 Scottsdale Princess, Scottsdale AZ
2006 Renaissance Chicago, Chicago IL
2007 Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes, Orlando FL
2008 Ritz Carlton, New Orleans LA
2009 Renaissance Hollywood, Los Angeles CA
2010 Hyatt Regency, Jersey City NJ
2011 Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston MA
2012 Green Valley Ranch Resort, Las Vegas, NV
2013 Omni William Penn, Pittsburgh PA