Reuben Nominees for 2023 Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year

May 31, 2024

Congratulations to each talented nominee!

The Reuben Nominees are in for the 2023 Cartoonist of the Year! | National Cartoonists Society
Congratulations to the 2022 Cartoonist of the Year nominees! | National Cartoonists Society

Each year, the National Cartoonist Society honors excellence in our profession with Divisional Awards, special honors and lifetime achievement awards, and the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year.  The nominees and recipient of this, our profession’s highest honor, are chosen by a confidential ballot of the members.

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.  See all of our previous Reuben winners, visit our Awards section.

The winner of the Reuben will be announced on August 23, 2024 at the Reuben Awards Banquet, part of the annual NCS Conference held this year in San Diego. Details here.

Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees!


NOTE: Nominees are listed alphabetically by last name.  Due to a tie in votes, there are six nominees for 2023.

Reuben Nominee Darrin Bell for the 2023 Cartoonist of the Year | National Cartoonists Society

Darrin Bell

Darrin Bell, recipient of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning, the 2016 Berryman Award for Editorial Cartooning, the 2015 RFK Award for Editorial Cartooning, and UC Berkeley’s 2015 Daily Californian Alumni of the Year Award, began his career in 1995 at the age of twenty. While serving as the Daily Californian’s staff cartoonist, he began freelancing for the Opinion pages of the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Oakland Tribune. In 1997, he co-created the comic strip Rudy Park and self-syndicated it to technology magazines. United Media launched it into newspapers in 2001. In 2003, Darrin launched his other comic strip, Candorville, in newspapers via the Washington Post Writers Group (WPWG), which also began syndicating his editorial cartoons in 2013. Darrin moved his editorial cartoons to King Features Syndicate in late 2018, and King Features became Candorville’s home when the Writers Group decided to stop syndicating comic strips. 

He’s also an occasional contributor to the New Yorker, and the creator of THE TALK, an acclaimed graphic novel/memoir published by Holt, a Macmillan imprint. THE TALK was a finalist for the Carnegie Medal, the winner of an Image Award, won an ALA Alex Award, has been nominated for an Eisner Award, and was named graphic novel of the year by several publications. In April, Darrin was among the inaugural group of inductees into the Daily Californian’s Hall of Fame. Darrin lives in California with his wife Makeda and their four children, where he’s creating a sequel to THE TALK for Holt, as well as a middle grade graphic novel for Penguin-Random House.


Reuben Nominee Daniel Clowes for the 2023 Cartoonist of the Year| National Cartoonists SocietyDaniel Clowes

Daniel Clowes is an acclaimed American cartoonist, illustrator, and screenwriter. He gained fame with his comic book series Eightball, which was notable for its dark humor and commentary on modern culture. Clowes’ work often explores themes of social isolation, personal identity, and the complexities of human relationships. His graphic novel Ghost World received particular acclaim, becoming a cult classic and later adapted into a feature film. More recently, his books Patience and Monica have been critically acclaimed, showcasing his continued innovation and depth in graphic storytelling. Clowes’ style is recognized for its meticulous detail, emotional depth, and engagement with the absurdities of the everyday, cementing his status as one of the most influential figures in the comics medium. He lives in Oakland, California with his wife, kid, and their dog.


Reuben Nominee Will Henry for the 2023 Cartoonist of the Year | National Cartoonists Society

Will Henry

Will Henry was born in 1984 in the Renaissance city of Providence, RI. He began his cartooning career while studying at the University of Connecticut and writing for their student paper, The Daily Campus. He now works from the sunny island of Jamestown, RI, is a proud member of the NCS, and creates the syndicated comic strip Wallace the Brave.

Wallace the Brave is elaborated from sketches of a child Henry began to make after working on Ordinary Bill. He has claimed both Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes and Richard Thompson’s Cul de Sac as influences on the strip’s style. The setting of Snug Harbor incorporates elements of Henry’s hometown of Jamestown, Rhode Island.


Reuben Nominee Hilary Price for the 2023 Cartoonist of the Year | National Cartoonists Society

Hilary B. Price

Hilary Price is a cartoonist, educator and storyteller. Rhymes with Orange appears in newspapers internationally and is a four time winner of Best Newspaper Panel Cartoon by the National Cartoonists Society. Her work has also appeared in People, Parade and Glamour magazines.

Hilary teaches single panel cartooning at The Center For Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT.  She tells stories for The Moth and on NPR. Her work has been collected in The San Francisco Museum of Cartoon Art, The Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum at the Ohio State University and in The Library of Congress. She has been honored with an Inkpot Award for Career Achievement from the San Diego Comic Con International, and the Elzie Segar Award from the National Cartoonists Society for making a unique and outstanding contribution to the profession of cartooning.

She now collaborates on Rhymes With Orange with Canadian cartoonist Rina Piccolo.


Reuben Nominee Dana Simpson for the 2023 Cartoonist of the Year | National Cartoonists Society

Dana Simpson

Dana Claire Simpson, a native of Gig Harbor, Washington, first caught the eyes of devoted comics readers with the internet strip Ozy and Millie. After winning the 2009 Comic Strip Superstar contest, she developed the strip Phoebe and Her Unicorn (originally known as Heavenly Nostrils), which is now syndicated in newspapers worldwide.

There are seventeen Phoebe and Her Unicorn books, including the newest, Punk Rock Unicorn. Ozy and Millie have two books also. All told, Simpson has sold over four million books.

Her books have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, and won the Washington State Book Award and the Pacific Northwest Book Award. She lives with her spouse and her cat in Santa Barbara, California.


Reuben Nominee Mark Tatulli for the 2023 Cartoonist of the Year | National Cartoonists Society

Mark Tatulli

Mark Tatulli is an internationally syndicated cartoonist, best known for his popular comic strips HEART OF THE CITY and LIO, which appear in 400 newspapers all over the world.

LIO has been nominated for Germany’s 2010 MAX AND MORITZ award and multiple times for the National Cartoonists Society’s Best Comic Strip, winning in 2009. Mark has also been nominated numerous times for cartoonist of the year by the NCS. A LIO animated television series is currently in the works.

Mark has now expanded his cartooning and writing into middle grade kids’ books, making the illustrated novel series DESMOND PUCKET for Andrews McMeel publishing. He also wrote and illustrated two picture books, DAYDREAMING and THEY CAME, for Roaring Brook Press, a Macmillan company. He is currently working on two graphic novels for Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. The graphic novel, SHORT AND SKINNY, a memoir of Mark’s life in the summer of 1977, landed in bookstores in September 2018.

In addition to his cartooning experience, Tatulli is also an accomplished filmmaker and animator, and is the recipient of three Emmy awards for his prior work in television. 

Mark lives in a Spielbergian development in New Jersey with his wife Donna and several nefarious cats.



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