by Brian Walker, Greg Walker and Chance Browne
Every year, on Memorial Day weekend, The National Cartoonists Society presents its highest award, “The Reuben” named after the organization’s founder Rube Goldberg, to the "Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year."  Recent locations for the ceremony have been Boston, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, San Diego and, this year, the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. “Silver Reuben” Division Award plaques were also presented to cartoonists in fifteen different genres. For a complete list of winners go to: http://www.reuben.org/2015/05/reuben-awards-winners-2015/ King Features Syndicate, one of the sponsors of Reuben Awards Weekend, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and organized a panel of artists at the Library of Congress on Friday, May 22. Poster for the King Panel at the Library of Congress. Poster for the King Features Panel at the Library of Congress. Here is a photo of the panel. Left to right:  Brendan Burford (Editor), Mike Peters, Patrick McDonnell, Brian Walker, Jeff Keane, Hilary Price and Ray Billingsley. Left to right: Brendan Burford (KFS Editor and Moderator), Mike Peters, Patrick McDonnell, Brian Walker, Jeff Keane, Hilary Price and Ray Billingsley. Brian Walker's presentation focused on the Walker family's 65-year relationship with King Features Syndicate. The 50th anniversary Hi and Lois Sunday page, 2004. The 50th anniversary Hi and Lois Sunday page, 2004. King Features also hosted the Reuben Weekend Welcome Party on Friday night. King Features 100th Anniversary cake. King Features 100th Anniversary cake. For more on the Reuben Awards Weekend go to:  beetle bailey.com – Brian Walker, Photos courtesy of Trey Reynolds.

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