Devil In The Details (Part 8)

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Untold Tales of Bigfoot: Devil In The Details

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I’m pretty sure Bigfoot could toss these guys over the treetops without too much effort, but Bigfoot and Scout watch out for each other. That’s how friendship works. We’ll see how well it works this time.

I’ll be taking next week off from posting the comic. The last few weeks have been packed with activities, and I’m already hip-deep in a new freelance project with a tight deadline. I’ll need a week or so to get back on track with the story, pencil out some ideas. So, for the next two weeks, just imagine Scout shocking that guy over and over while I’m away playing catch-up. I’ll leave you now with some images from the Reubens.

The Reubens Weekend

No, I did not come home with the plaque (or the plague, thank goodness, as I first typed), but I had a great time as usual. Some of this stuff was posted to social media already, but in case you missed it, here are some photo highlights of the weekend in Philly.

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The stately City Hall, which was just at the end of the block by our hotel.

 

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We strolled through the Terminal Market soon after checking in.  It was just across the street from the hotel.

 

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Random guy on the street asked us if we were looking for cheese steaks. We weren’t, but we said yes anyway. He sent us to Steve’s. Friendly guy. Decent cheese steaks, too.

 

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The Gold T-Square is awarded to recipients who have achieved at least 50 years as a professional cartoonist. The legendary Arnold Roth got it this year. Here I am trying to swipe it from him.

 

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TOP: Reubens Weekend is packed with panels! Up top, the MAD Magazine Panel (Tom Richmond, Sam Viviano, Sergio Aragones, Nick Meglin, etc.). BOTTOM: Ed Steckley and Jennifer George (Rube Goldberg’s granddaughter) talk about their Reuben-nominated children’s book about a young Rube Goldberg (cartoonist, inventor, and first president of the NCS).

 

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Tom Richmond ran a really fun and informative panel about caricature that featured caricature-experts like Stephen Silver, Anne Telnaes, and Sam Viviano. Yes, Sam sits just like his portrait.

 

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Fellow Pittsburgh cartoonist, Wayno (Bizarro), got up to make a point at the NCS Business Meeting. But then his words trailed off and he just stared out into the distance, softly singing old-timey tavern songs.

 

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Fun Fact: It takes up to four people to get me into a tuxedo. Mostly because I just stand around taking selfies while everyone else does all the work.

 

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I was in charge of the Reuben Journal Ad for the Pittsburgh NCS Chapter this year.

 

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Every year the Reuben Awards poster is designed by one of the amazing caricature artists in the NCS. This year, the honor (responsibility) fell to MAD Magazine’s Tom Richmond.

 

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Me, upon learning John Allison won in my category for Bad Machinery. I’m told I was shouting “RECOUNT!” as they wrestled me to the ground and administered sedatives. The rest is a blur.

 

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Glen Keane won the treasured Cartoonist of the Year Reuben for his character design and animation work. Son of Bil Keane (Family Circus), Glen’s speech included stories about growing up in a household of artists and his 2018 Academy Award for Dear Basketball.

 

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Here’s Glen’s Reuben just sitting out in the open at the after-after-party in the President’s Suite. In case you’re wondering, it’s heavy. And if you try to take it out of the room, they tase you.

 

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Jim Horwitz (Watson) is always fun at the Reuben Weekend. He led our trivia team to a heartbreaking third-place tie. He also named the team Peanuts Envy so we kind of deserved it.

 

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Jeff Keane (Family Circus), son of Bil Keane, brother to Glen Keane, at the Free Library of Philadelphia signing event. He works on the comic now, but when he was a kid, he was his father’s inspiration for the character of Little Jeffy.

 

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Tom Richmond was doing sketches at the Free Library signing event. This one belongs to one of my friends. I didn’t get one because I was busy at my own table. Next time I’m goofing off and getting some autographs.

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Some of the signatures my friends collected at the signing event. What’s great about cartoonists’ signatures is that they’re not just autographs — they’re signed art!

 

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I shared a table with caricature artist/baseball enthusiast Bob East. We like to believe people thought of us as the “Voices of Freedom” but we mostly just gabbed about baseball and bigfoot.

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4 Responses

  1. Woah—wasn’t expecting that from Scout! You get my okay on a week’s absence, but only because I’m embroiled in a project myself and probably won’t notice. Thanks for the Reubens recap—it’s almost like being there for the fun!

    • I think Scout’s self-confidence has gotten a little boost since he started hanging out with Bigfoot. Oh, he’s still a nervous wreck about stuff, but he’s not about to let Bigfoot get hurt. Good luck on your project! Projects are good! -v

  2. Yeah, I can imagine Scout zapping again and again!

    Hey! Thanks for the recap of the Reubens! Looked like a great time!

    • Yes, the Reubens are always fun (whenever I can afford to go). I’ve honestly never hung out with a warmer, more-welcoming, or funnier crowd than cartoonists. And Philadelphia was a lot of fun too (what I managed to see of it). All around, a great trip! -v

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