Alan McBain takes 1st place in with Mercury News

Alan MacBain, a freelance editorial cartoonist with The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) since 1984, was one of three who took home awards for excellence by the Suburban Newspapers of America.

Freelance cartoonist Alan MacBain won first place in the editorial cartoon category for his “Harrisburgers” cartoon, one in a series chronicling the saga of the Pennsylvania lawmakers? attempt to give themselves pay raises of 16 percent to 54 percent.

MacBain, who has drawn cartoons for The Mercury since 1984, depicted a closed legislature in Harrisburg, with lawmakers dressed in their vacation garb waiting outside a hamburger stand to collect their “big fat pay checks.”

Next to the stand, taxpayers eat from a garbage can while watching the lawmakers. Thanks to a public outcry, the legislators repealed the pay raise in November.

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