Congratulations to Lynn!
At the annual Reuben Awards (the Oscars for cartoonists) in Philadelphia this year, Lynn was honoured by the National Cartoonists Society (NCS) with a lifetime achievement award. This is a huge honour for Lynn. Here is what she had to say about it:
On Saturday May 26th, I received a wonderful and surprising gift. I’ll call it a gift because as I stood before a banquet hall filled with artists I admire, I felt overwhelmed and unsure; the way you do at a surprise party. The National Cartoonist Society Medal of Honor has only been given to 4 other cartoonists: Al Jaffee, Arnold Roth, Mort Walker and Mort Drucker — all heroes; all men! That it has been given to me is truly hard to believe.
The Medal of Honor is given to someone who has already won the Reuben. It’s a lifetime achievement award, and although it is a great honour, I’m not ready! The small polished wooden box that contains this Olympic sized medal sits on my bookshelf and challenges me to work harder—I don’t feel as though I have achieved a lifetime’s worth of work! Not yet…there is still so much that I want to do!
I am grateful to everyone on the board of the NCS for giving me this beautiful gift. I will treasure it. And, I believe with all my heart that it belongs to every one of us who draws cartoons for a living. It looks like an easy job, but it certainly is not. Cartooning is a talent, a commitment and a drive. For all of us, it’s a lifetime achievement. I am grateful for this gift and this honour, and I’ll continue to work hard to deserve it.
The front of Lynn's medal
The reverse side of Lynn's medal
Lynn with John Glynn of Andrews McMeel
Lynn holding her plaque
1) Lynn is God-damned right to point out that the NCS is an Old Boys Club of the worst sort. The Cartoonist Union might have suspended a certain bad actor but these idiots haven't.
2) She clearly doesn't like being thought of as old. No one does.
3) This means that I think that it might be finally starting to sink in that most people see her not as an active artist but as someone whose best years are far behind her. This is what happens when one gets bored with the characters, says so, announces one's retirement once a year like she did and proceeds to draw ugly animals and squiggly lines in Wakandan.