Our MSNBC.com Cartoon Week in Review Slideshow just went up, come take a look.
Steve Greenberg has an interesting post on the expected closing of the San Francisco Chronicle. Â Taylor Jones’ perspective and drawings on Slumdog Millionaire should not be missed.
Congratulations to Pat Bagley who won the Herblock Award this week. Â The Herblock Award has quickly become the most prestigious prize in editorial cartooning, with judges who are genuine cartoon experts and a hefty cash award of $15,000. Â It beats out the $10,000 Pulitzer Prize which has long been criticized for:having newspaper editor-judges who know little aboutÂ cartooning (they know what they like);Â inconsistent or incomprehensible rules (web cartoonists are eligible, butÂ only if their web site is associated with a daily, paid circulation print publication – notÂ a site like MSNBC.com); and political considerations. Â Cartoonists love to sit aroundÂ behind beers and complain about the Pulitzer Prize; they don’t complain about theÂ Herblock Prize.
Pat sent me what he thought were his winning cartoons, and I posted them here. Then I heard from John Sherffius, last year’s Herblock winner who was a judge this year, saying those weren’t the winning cartoons, I should post different ones. Â They are sorting it out. Â Oh well, the cartoons in the Bagley Herblock section are very nice. Â Whether they are the cartoons that won or not, only time will tell.