Reuben Award winners for cartooning announced in Chicago

Chicago, IL 60601
May 27, 2006

For hi-res, downloadable photos of the winners.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.


The National Cartoonists Society tonight announced the winners of the 2006 Reuben Awards, including the selections for the Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year, professional cartooning's highest honor. This year's awards were presented at a black tie dinner on Saturday night, May 27, during the 60th Annual Reuben Awards Weekend, May 26-28, in Chicago, IL.


The winner of the Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year in 2005 is Mike Luckovich, winner of this year's Pulitzer Award. Luckovich received a statuette designed by and named after the NCS' first president, Rube Goldberg. Past Reuben winners include Pat Brady, Greg Evans, Scott Adams, Sergio Aragones, Garry Trudeau, Gary Larson, Cathy Guisewite, Mike Peters, Jim Davis, Lynn Johnston, Bill Watterson and Charles Schulz.


The nominees for Cartoonist of the Year were Bill Amend, creator of "FoxTrot"; Dave Coverly, creator of "Speed Bump"; Brian Crane, creator of "Pickles"; Dan Piraro, creator of "Bizarro" and editorial cartoonist Mike Luckovich.


Cartoonists in various professional divisions were also honored with special plaques for excellence. These awards were voted on by a combination of the general membership (by secret ballot) and special juries overseen by various NCS Regional Chapters. A full list of nominees is attached and many of these cartoonist's work appear in your comics pages.


The Milton Caniff Award for Lifetime Achievement went to legendary British illustrator Ralph Steadman. The Silver T-Square, and award for individuals who have supported the art form of cartooning, was given to Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Dick Locher, the current writer and artist for Dick Tracy. In addition, the year's top cartoonists in a dozen fields, from animation to newspaper strips to illustration and greeting cards, were honored in the NCS Division Awards.


The National Cartoonists Society (www.reuben.org) is the world's largest and most prestigious organization of professional cartoonists. Founded in 1946 by a small group of cartoonists while entertaining the troops at military bases, the NCS now has a membership of more than 600 of the world's major cartoonists. Members work in many branches of the profession, including comic strips, comic books, editorial cartoons, animation, greeting cards and magazine and book illustration.


2006 NCS REUBEN AWARD AND DIVISION AWARD NOMINEES

(see below for link to artwork samples and more bio information):


CARTOONIST OF THE YEAR: Mike Luckovich


DIVISION WINNERS:

COMIC STRIP: Brooke McEldowney, "9 Chickweed Lane"


NEWSPAPER PANEL:
Jerry Van Amerongen, "Ballard Street"


FEATURE ANIMATION: "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit," Nick Park


MAGAZINE FEATURE/MAGAZINE ILLUSTRATION: C.F. Payne


EDITORIAL CARTOON:Jim Borgman


BOOK ILLUSTRATION: Ralph Steadman


NEWSPAPER ILLUSTRATION: Bob Rich


GAG CARTOONS: Glenn McCoy


ADVERTISING ILLUSTRATION: Roy Doty


GREETING CARDS: Gary McCoy


COMIC BOOKS: Paul Chadwick, "CONCRETE: THE HUMAN DILEMMA" (Dark Horse)


TELEVISION ANIMATION: David Silverman, "The Simpsons"


MILT CANIFF LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Ralph Steadman


SILVER T-SQUARE: Dick Locher, "Dick Tracy"


To interview the cartoonists or NCS president Rick Stromoski, please contact Mary Anne Grimes at 212-293-8626 or magrimes@unitedmedia.com.


Samples of the nominees' work are available at http://www.reuben.org, where you will find more information about the National Cartoonists Society, including member's biographies, lists of past Reuben winners, and other historical information about the society and cartooning.

Mary Grimes (magrimes@unitedmedia.com)
National Cartoonists Society
Phone : 212-293-8626