One of our favorite local funny guys, Cashmere’s Dan McConnell, rubbed inky elbows with some of the nation’s best-known cartoonists recently at the National Cartoonist Society’s 2014 Reuben Awards in San Diego.
McConnell, creator of the comic strip “Then & Now” (which runs monthly in Good Life Magazine), and his son Aaron, also a cartoonist, hobnobbed with the likes of keynote speaker Weird Al Yankovic and Wiley Miller, who won this year’s Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year Award for his strip “Non Sequitur” (which runs in the Wenatchee World).
By the way, the Reuben Awards are named in honor of Reuben Garrett Lucius “Rube” Goldberg, the inventor of wacky machines and, yes, also a cartoonist.
“This is a great event,” said McConnell. “Cartoonists generally sit and scribble endlessly at their desks, then come out once a year at the Reubens to socialize and talk to other real, live human beings.”
Every week, the dedicated McConnell sends 10 cartoons to the The New Yorker magazine, but as yet remains unpublished by what’s considered the cartoonist’s Mecca. He’s also a regular gag writer for “Bizarro,” a popular single-panel strip produced by Dan Piraro. And he compiles his “Then & Now” strips in an annual calendar.
Keep up with McConnell’s antics and ideas on his Facebook page (keywords: mcconnell cartoonist).