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Breaking: Jen Sorensen becomes first female to win Herblock Prize

Alternative weekly cartoonist Jen Sorensen has won the 2014 Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning and with that honor she becomes the first female recipient of the award and the third “altie” in a row to win the honor.

Regarding her work, the judges stated:

Jen Sorensen?s strong portfolio addresses issues that were important to Herblock, such as gun control, racism, income inequality, healthcare, and sexism. Her style allows her to incorporate information which backs up the arguments she presents. Her art is engaging and her humor is sharp and on target.

Jen’s work appears in numerous publications including her local weekly, The Austin Chronicle, The Nation, Ms. Magazine, The Progressive, Politico, The American Prospect, Nickelodeon Magazine, Women?s Review of Books, and MAD Magazine.

The judges this year were: Dan Perkins (AKA Tom Tomorrow), Sara Duke, curator of Popular and Applied Graphic Art at the Library of Congress and Tony Auth, former The Philadelphia Inquirer editorial cartoonist and Digital Artist of Residence at WHYY’s

Community Comments

#1 Mike Cope
@ 12:14 pm

Very awesome to see Jen recognized for the Herblock. Still smile at the memory of her reciting the Canadian national anthem after winning the NCS divisional award at last year’s Reubens :)

But sigh? It will be a great day in the world when a female can do something and we don’t need to pillow her accomplishments with the term “FIRST FEMALE TO”? like we should be shocked that a female can do something a man can.


’nuff said.

#2 Mike Cope
@ 12:17 pm

Sorry, that should have read: “that a female can do something BETTER than a man can.”

See? Men are stupid grammarists.

#3 Pat Bagley
@ 12:39 pm

Jen is a great choice.

#4 Karyl Miller
@ 2:21 pm

Jen is just great. She deserves this! Congrats to Jen!

#5 Anne Morse Hambrock
@ 2:55 pm

Very well deserved!!! Jen’s work is outstanding!

I do agree with Mike Cope though – I look forward to the day when the gender thing is a non-issue.

#6 Jeff Darcy
@ 3:18 pm

Congrats also to finalist Clay Bennett…one visual home run after another all year long.

#7 Gerry Mooney
@ 3:40 pm

Jen’s work is great, we see it in The Funny Times all the time. Well deserved!

#8 Doug Bratton
@ 4:36 pm

Well-deserved! Congratulations, Jen!

#9 Mike Keefe
@ 6:59 pm

Congrats, Jen. Well done!

#10 mtatulli
@ 12:46 pm

Another glass ceiling shattered! Hey, who’s paying for that?!

Congratulations, Jen! Well deserved! Your comics are always fun to read while delivering a message!


#11 Frank M Hansen
@ 3:28 pm

Congrats to Jen. So well deserved.

#12 Scott Metzger
@ 10:05 pm

Well said, Mike (Cope)!

Jen Sorensen does great work. Glad to see her recognized like this.

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