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Retired Cartoonist Receives a Reuben; Gary Larson Wins the National Cartoonists Society Award Five Months after Ending His 'Far Side' Comic

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Retired Cartoonist Receives a Reuben; Gary Larson Wins the National Cartoonists Society Award Five Months after Ending His 'Far Side' Comic

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GARY LARSON RECEIVED a going-away present from the National Cartoonists Society (NCS): the Reuben Award as "Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year."

It was the second Reuben for "The Far Side" creator, who previously won the peer-voted honor in 1991. Larson continued his wildly popular panel until the beginning of 1995, when the 44-year-old cartoonist retired from newspaper comics pages.

"This is a great way to end a terrific carcer," said Universal Press Syndicate vice president/editorial director Lee Salem, who accepted the award for Larson at a May 27 ceremony in Boca Raton, Fla.

Universal cartoonists have received the Reuben six times since 1986.

The three other 1995 finalists were "Luann" creator Greg Evans of North America Syndicate, a first-time nominee; For Better or For Worse" creator Lynn Johnston of Universal, who won the Reuben in 1986; and "Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau of Universal, a 15-time runner-up.

Trudeau did receive this year's comic strip award from NCS, while "Speed Bump" creator Dave Coverly of Creators Syndicate finished first in the comic panel division.

"They say the highest honor is to be recognized by your peers." Coverly told the crowd of 400, which included many noted cartoonists. …

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