Minnesota-based cartoonist Tom Richmond has a long history with the National Cartoonists Society’s annual Reuben Awards, starting in 1999. From the artist’s bio:
Attending his first NCS Reuben Awards weekend in San Antonio, he eagerly brought his portfolio with him to show MAD editor Nick Meglin, a longtime NCS member. Meglin’s reaction was a resounding yawn. Not deterred thanks to a healthy dose of you-can-do-it attitude and the fact that he spends most of his time in his own fantasy world, Tom focused on further developing his work in order to break into MAD.
Subsequent showings of his revised portfolio resulted in more encouraging reactions. In one showing, long-time MAD artist and current art director Sam Viviano actually cleared his throat before yawning while reviewing Tom’s portfolio! Tom didn’t sleep for a week from the excitement. Not even that pesky restraining order bothered him.
Richmond joined the MAD ranks in 2000 and would go on to win multiple divisional Reubens, serve as president of the NCS organization and be named its Cartoonist of the Year in 2012. Over the weekend at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., he won yet another Silver divisional Reuben Award, this time in the Magazine Feature/Magazine Illustration category.
The winning illustration is from the MAD Issue #531 (February 2015) cover feature “The MAD 20 Dumbest People, Events and Things of 2014.” Richmond and writer Desmond Devlin’s treatment of the standoff involving Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy came in at #14 on the MAD list, right behind “CNN’s Endless Flight Coverage” and “Chris Christie’s Traffic Scandal.”