You read it here first. Unless you were following Anne Morse Hambrock (@AnneMHambrock ) or Tom Racine (@tom_racine) or Michael Cavna (@comicriffs) or a couple of other people on Twitter or you've already looked at the National Cartoonists Society page or you're reading this some time after ...
Well, anyway, here's who won the relevant-to-this-blog awards at the NCS Convention last night:
Roz Chast won the big one, the actual award that should be called a Reuben although they're all referred to that way.
The actual Reuben is a statuette and not a plaque, but the difference is more significant than that, because it is more of a body-of-work award than one based on current stuff.
That said, and while Chast has plenty of books out and is well-known particularly for her work in the New Yorker, it is her graphic memoir, "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant" that has brought her name to the forefront in the past year.
I talked about that back here. The book is a must-have, and I not only got a copy but have given it to people.
While we're talking about graphic whatevers (novels, memoirs, lectures), the winner for graphic novel was Jules Feiffer for his new and much-praised piece, "Kill My Mother," which I have not read yet but want to. While I don't think much of awards in general, they do have the marketing benefit of turning intentions into actions, so if you also have been thinking that you should read Feiffer's book, consider yourself motivated.
I wrote about Jules Feiffer back in the olden days, about six months before I started this blog, so you can go there and read that if you'd like.
And if you come here often, you'll get plenty of chances to read Hilary Price's Rhymes with Orange, which won for best Newspaper Panel.
She's someone else I wrote about in the months before I launched CSOTD, and that one includes a short video interview, so there ya go.
The interview mentions that she was, at one time, the youngest syndicated woman cartoonist, which I mention because she's really begun to pop up on panels and other places in recent times.
She used to be interviewed, I think, as "we need to also talk to a woman cartoonist" but is now being called upon as an articulate cartoonist who thinks about the craft rather than simply to punch the estrogen ticket, which is a sort of conceptual award to go along with the one she picked up last night.
You'll also notice that she wasn't the only woman cartoonist who got to bring home a little Lucite last night.
Elsewhere in the newspaper universe, Stephan Pastis won the Newspaper Comic Strip award for Pearls Before Swine ...
... and Michael Ramirez picked up the Editorial Cartooning plaque.
In the category of On-Line Short Form work, Danielle Corsetto was honored for Girls with Slingshots, and that one came just in time, I guess, though I expect that it will encourage her to pursue whatever comes next.
I think somebody should give her an award for knowing when the energy is gone and it's time to try something else for awhile. They could call it "The Calvin."
And the Long Form award went to Minna Sundberg for Stand Still, Stay Silent.
Finally, I'm giving myself an award for having had the lowest number of hits in at least six months yesterday, which I'd like to credit to having all my most devoted readers tied up at the NCS conference but which I will concede just might possibly also reflect the Memorial Day weekend.
I walk by his headstone almost daily. Who, indeed,
are the people in your neighborhood?