Bill Plympton to be presented the NCS Milt Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award by Peter DeSéve
September 3, 2023
Bill Plympton will be awarded the Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement award at the 77th Annual Reuben Awards in Jersey City!
The “Caniff” is awarded by a 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 art form).
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. Bill Plympton is considered the King of Indie Animation, and is the first person to hand draw an entire animated feature film. Bill moved to New York City from Portland, Oregon in 1968 and began his career creating cartoons for publications such as New York Times, National Lampoon, Playboy and Screw. In 1987, he was nominated for an Oscar® for his animated short Your Face. In 2005, Bill received another Oscar® nomination, this time for his short Guard Dog. Push Comes to Shove won the prestigious Cannes 1991 Prix du Jury; and in 2001, another short film, Eat, won the Grand Prize for Short Films in Cannes Critics’ Week.
After producing many shorts that appeared on MTV and Spike and Mike’s, he turned his talent to feature films. Since 1991, he’s made eleven feature films. Eight of them are all animated features. Bill Plympton has also collaborated with Madonna, Kanye West and Weird Al Yankovic in a number of music videos and book projects.
Award-winning artist, Peter de Sève will be presenting Bill with his Caniff next Thursday.
Peter’s illustration and character designs are known throughout the world. Best recognized for his many New Yorker covers, and character designs for the three blockbuster Ice Age movies, de Sève has also contributed to such films as Mulan, A Bug’s Life, Tarzan, and Finding Nemo. He has also produced illustrations for such books as A Murder, a Mystery, and a Marriage; and The Duchess of Whimsy, created in collaboration with his wife Randall.
de Sève’s many distinctions include the Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators, a Clio Award for a Nike television commercial, a Spectrum Annual of Fantastic Art gold medal, and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Character Design for his work on Sesame Street’s Abby Cadabby’s Flying Fairy School.
NCS membership is open to all creative professionals who earn a substantial part of their income working in the fields of cartooning, illustration, animation and graphic storytelling. We are an organization of esteemed peers and we welcome new members!