Reuben Ruminations


Okay, I’ve been bad. It’s been far too long since I’ve posted anything here. Well, sometimes, you know, we cartoonists just HAVE to get our work done.

One reason I didn’t was that I just attended the National Cartoonists Society’s annual Reuben awards weekend. Every year this event is held in a different location and this year it was in Pittsburgh. Why Pittsburgh? Well, there’s a fabulous place there called the Toonseum which had a great exhibit (which we contributed pieces to) of all the past Reuben award winners. Each piece was done in the year the cartoonist won the award.

On Cartoon “violence”

Years ago, when Mort was starting out with Beetle, an editor told him he should have Beetle beaten up once a week. Since then, it’s become one of the recurring gags in the strip. Of course, that was back in the days when slapstick humor was more common. People used to howl at the Keystone Kops and the Three Stooges and others. Maybe not as much anymore in the newspapers but slapstick is alive and well in movies and TV. I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen people blown up or run over by cars on late night TV.