Reuben finalists announced; Russ Manning nominees sought

Awards | Brian Crane (Pickles), Rick Kirkman (Baby Blues) and Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine) have been nominated for the 2012 Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year, presented by the National Cartoonists Society. [National Cartoonists Society]

Awards | Nominations are being sought for the Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award, which will be presented July 19 at Comic-Con International during the Eisner Awards ceremony. The deadline is April 5. [Comic-Con International]

Creators | Duane Swierczynski talks about writing Valiant's first crossover, "Harbinger Wars," and how he has been prepping for it in Bloodshot all along. [Previews World]

Creators | The latest newspaper to pick up Blondie interviews Dean Young, who worked on the strip with his father Chic Young, and took it over following his death in 1973. Young talks about the changes he has made in the strip over the years (the bus became a carpool, and Blondie got a job) and the things that will never change (Mr. Dithers). [Duluth News Tribune]

Creators | Drew Friedman was interviewed for the latest issue of The Cartoonist, the newsletter of the National Cartoonists Society; he reproduces it on his blog for all to read. [Drew Friedman]

Comics | Rob Clough counts down the 10 most interesting minicomics he has run across lately. [The Comics Journal]

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