The Reuben Awards are the Oscars of professional cartooning. This past weekend my wife, Karen, and I attended the Reubens in beautiful downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania along with many other members of The National Cartoonists Society. This is a truly wonderful group of people that we are honored to call our friends. Here are some photos from the weekend celebration: The Three Musketeers: Jeff Stahler (Moderately Confused, Editorial Cartoons), John Rose (Snuffy Smith) and Gary Brookins (Shoe, Pluggers). A group of cartoonists and their spouses at the Barnes Foundation in Downtown Philadelphia. Clockwise from left: John Rose, Karen Rose, Ben Lansing (Shoe), Jeani Stahler, Gary Brookins, Bethany Lansing and Jeff Stahler. John Rose with Greg Walker (Beetle Bailey, Hi and Lois) at the Mort Walker Tribute and Welcome Party. Greg Cravens (The Buckets) and John Rose having some fun with Beetle and Sarge. Joe Staton (Dick Tracy, E-Man and more) with John Rose. One wonderful panel discussion featured Pioneering Women In The Field Of Cartooning. The panel featured, from left: Cathy Guisewite (Cathy), Lynn Johnston (For Better Or Worse), Barbara Dale (Greeting Cards), Sandra Bell Lundy (Between Friends), Jan Eliot (Stone Soup) and Moderator, Ann Telnaes (Editorial Cartoons) not pictured. Karen and John Rose prior to the Reuben Award Cocktail Party. John Rose and Brian Walker (Hi and Lois, Beetle Bailey) at the Reuben Award Cocktail Party. John Rose and Glen Keane, Reuben Award-Winning Cartoonist of the Year for his incredible work in the field of animation. John Rose, Bruce Higdon (Military Cartoons) and Jeff Parker (Dustin). John Rose and David Reddick (Intelligent Life). One of the funniest people on the planet, Tom Gammill (The Simpsons, The Doozies, Seinfeld, David Letterman) with John Rose. The award-winning Mike Peters (Mother Goose and Grimm, Editorial Cartoons) and John Rose in the hotel lobby. The Philadelphia Free Library held an event called Cartoonapalooza on Sunday, May 27th in the afternoon. hundreds of people came to the library to meet and greet cartoonists and watch them draw. John Rose and John Kovaleski (Daddy Daze) at their table prior to the event. John Rose drawing Snuffy Smith on a large poster filled with other famous cartoon character sketches. John Kovaleski talking with fans of his comic strip work. Tom Stiglich (Editorial Cartoons) having ice cream with Karen Rose.