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Of Pultizers and Things

For reasons unexplained, the Pulitzer Prize in editorial cartooning was not awarded in 1923, 1936, 1960, 1965, 1973, and 2021. It may have been because all competitors in those years fell below the standard of excellence fixed by the Pulitzer Board, the governing body that meets twice annually, once to appoint nominating jurors in each […]

Posted on: Sep 20, 2022,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Awards, Controversies, Conventions, Editorial cartooning, Pulitzer Prize, Comments: 1 Comment

50 Years Ago – Maus Origins

50 years ago, on July 15, 1972, Apex Novelties released Funny Aminals #1, an underground comix book with work by Robert Crumb, Justin Green, Shary Flenniken, Jay Lynch, Michael McMillan, Bill Griffith, and Jim Osborne. Oh, and a three page story by Art Spiegleman. Three pages that would evolve into a Pulitzer Prize-winning comic book. […]

Posted on: Jul 15, 2022,  Section: Alternative comics, Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Pulitzer Prize, Comments: Comments Off on 50 Years Ago – Maus Origins

Durango Herald Joins Pulitzer Cartoon Protest

By Jan. 25 of every year, about 1,100 journalism entries are submitted to the Pulitzer Prize board. The competition is beyond fierce. So we were disappointed in January when the Pulitzer team quietly replaced the Editorial Cartooning category, which dated back to 1922, with Illustrated Reporting and Commentary. This left cartoonists throwing up their hands […]

Posted on: Jul 13, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Pulitzer Prize, Comments: Comments Off on Durango Herald Joins Pulitzer Cartoon Protest

Op-Ed Cartoonists Merit Pulitzer Consideration

Author/attorney, former journalist/publisher Dennis Shere: When the Pulitzer Prize committee announced the 2022 winners in early May, one category was missing: There no longer is a prize for editorial cartooning. The entries will now be considered alongside “illustrated reporting and commentary.” As a former editor for the Journal Herald in Dayton, Ohio, with ties to […]

Posted on: Jul 2, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Pulitzer Prize, Comments: Comments Off on Op-Ed Cartoonists Merit Pulitzer Consideration

NCS Letter to Pulitzer re: Editorial Cartooning

The National Cartoonists Society, whose first President was a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist, has, in solidarity with the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, written a letter to the Pulitzer Prize Board seeking a return of Editorial Cartooning as its own, distinct, category.  As an organization representing cartoonists, we are deeply concerned about the decision to […]

Posted on: Jun 10, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, National Cartoonist Society, Pulitzer Prize, Comments: Comments Off on NCS Letter to Pulitzer re: Editorial Cartooning

Editor & Publisher Reports on Pulitzer Prize’s New Illustrated Reporting and Commentary Category

In May, Insider won a Pulitzer Prize, joining a small group of digital-only news organizations awarded journalism’s top prize. But like Politico back in 2012, the recognition came in an unlikely category for an online news organization — cartooning. Insider won for a piece of comics journalism that told the story of Zumrat Dawut, a […]

Posted on: Jun 7, 2022,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Pulitzer Prize, Comments: Comments Off on Editor & Publisher Reports on Pulitzer Prize’s New Illustrated Reporting and Commentary Category

AAEC Writes Open Letter to The Pulitzer Board

  The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC) has presented a proposal to the Board of The Pulitzer Prizes making the case for a return of the traditional Editorial Cartooning category. This year The Pulitzer Prize Board replaced the (now-defunct) Editorial Cartooning category with the category called Illustrated Reporting and Commentary the definitions of which, […]

Posted on: May 10, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Pulitzer Prize, Comments: 1 Comment

Azim, Del Col, Adams, and Hickey Awarded the Illustrated Reporting and Commentary Pulitzer

Fahmida Azim, Anthony Del Col, Josh Adams and Walt Hickey of Insider for a comic on a Uyghur internment camp have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Illustrated Reporting and Commentary. From the announcement: Illustrated Reporting and Commentary Fahmida Azim, Anthony Del Col, Josh Adams and Walt Hickey of Insider, New York, N.Y. Finalists: Ann […]

Posted on: May 9, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic Books, Editorial cartooning, Pulitzer Prize, Comments: Comments Off on Azim, Del Col, Adams, and Hickey Awarded the Illustrated Reporting and Commentary Pulitzer

“Editorial Cartooning” Legend Dead to Pulitzers

The first Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoon in 1922 How is The Pulitzer Prize board celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning? By eliminating “Editorial Cartooning” as the name of the category. Editorial Cartoonists, going forward, will be known as Illustrated Reporters and Commentators. From the Pulitzer site: The Editorial Cartooning […]

Posted on: Jan 21, 2022,  Section: AAEC, AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Pulitzer Prize, Comments: 5 Comments

AAEC Lists 2022 Cartoon Contest Deadlines

The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists has listed the available information and deadlines for cartooning awards to be presented in 2022 for work done in 2021. Quickly approaching deadlines include:   The Pulitzer Prize Deadline: January 25, 2022 The URL for the Journalism entry site is entrysite.pulitzer.org. 12/23/2021: The Journalism entry site has reopened for the 2022 cycle. The […]

Posted on: Jan 9, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Awards, Editorial cartooning, Pulitzer Prize, Comments: Comments Off on AAEC Lists 2022 Cartoon Contest Deadlines

A Bill Mauldin Centennial

“I was a born troublemaker and might as well earn a living at it.”  – – – – Bill Mauldin (October 29, 1921 – January 22, 2003) William Henry Mauldin, better known to the world as Bill Mauldin, was one of the most popular and influential cartoonists of the twentieth century. In 1975, Bill Mauldin […]

Posted on: Oct 29, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Anniversaries, Cartoonist's Cartoonists, Editorial cartooning, Pulitzer Prize, Comments: 1 Comment

The Pummeling of The Pulitzers Proceeds Apace

All three 2021 Pulitzer Prize finalists in the Editorial Cartooning category were in the news recently which means the Pulitzer No-Prize was a topic. Boing Boing takes the Pulitzer Board to task in a short item castigating them for not picking a winner, especially Ruben Bolling whose Tom the Dancing Bug they publish weekly.  © […]

Posted on: Jul 1, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Pulitzer Prize, Comments: Comments Off on The Pummeling of The Pulitzers Proceeds Apace

Mary Schmich Takes Alden Buyout, Leaves ChiTrib

That didn’t take long.Less than a month after the Alden acquisition the Chicago Tribune exodus began. Mary Schmich is the latest to accept a buyout offer. With the wisdom, humility and grace that shined through every column she wrote, Pulitzer Prize winner Mary Schmich bowed out Saturday after 36 years with the Chicago Tribune. In […]

Posted on: Jun 19, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Newspaper industry, Pulitzer Prize, Comments: 2 Comments

Syndicates Issue Statement re: Pulitzer Non-Award

The Big Three Comic Syndicates have released a joint statement on the Pulitzer Board’s  decision to not award a Prize for the Editorial Cartooning category in 2021.   June 16, 2021: Statement Regarding Pulitzer Committee’s Decision on 2020 Editorial Cartooning Award A joint statement from Andrews McMeel Syndication, King Features and Creators Syndicate:   Andrews […]

Posted on: Jun 16, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Andrews McMeel Syndication, Creators, Editorial cartooning, King Features, Pulitzer Prize, Syndicates, Comments: 4 Comments

Will Washington Post Get the Last Word on the Pulitzer No-Prize? Probably Not

Ruben Bolling was at his daughter’s high school graduation ceremony in Manhattan when he got word. Out in Santa Fe, Marty Two Bulls Sr. was driving to get coffee when his Instagram alerts poured in. And in Southern California, Lalo Alcaraz was preparing for a Zoom meeting at his Hollywood job when he got a […]

Posted on: Jun 15, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Pulitzer Prize, Comments: Comments Off on Will Washington Post Get the Last Word on the Pulitzer No-Prize? Probably Not