Scott Named Year’s Top Cartoonist

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Jerry Scott, who co-creates the “Zits” and “Baby Blues” comic strips, has won the National Cartoonists Society’s (NCS) Reuben Award for top cartoonist of the year.

The King Features Syndicate cartoonist received the prize this weekend at the NCS’s 56th annual meeting in Cancun, Mexico.

“Zits” appears in more than 1,000 papers, while “Baby Blues” runs in about 800.

The NCS also presented prizes in 13 other cartoon categories. Among the winners were “Pickles” creator Brian Crane of the Washington Post Writers Group for best comic strip, “Bizarro” creator Dan Piraro of Universal Press Syndicate for best comic panel, and Mike Luckovich of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Creators Syndicate for best editorial cartoons.

In addition, Jerry Robinson received the Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award. During his career, Robinson has been a cartoonist, founder of the Cartoonists & Writers Syndicate, an author, and president of the NCS and Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. He also created the Joker character for “Batman.”

And “The Family Circus” creator Bil Keane of King won the Silver T-Square honor for service to the NCS.

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