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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 03/17/2009

The Winners -- and E-Mails -- Keep Rolling In...

By Michael Cavna

The award announcements are pouring in:

MIKE LUCKOVICH, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Pulitzer-winning political cartoonist, has won this year's Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award for editorial cartooning.


The judges cite Luckovich's ability "to incite multiple emotions with the reading of a single cartoon." (Luckovich, of course, shared his campaign insights and cartoons with Comic Riffs last year, for our story about political caricature.)

The other finalists were The Washington Times's Alexander Hunter and the San Francisco Chronicle's Don Asmussen. (Asmussen also notably does the strip "Bad Reporter" for Universal Press Syndicate.)


And in the college ranks, GRANT SNIDER of the University News at the University of Missouri-Kansas City has won this year's Charles M. Schulz award for best college cartoonist. The judges cited Snider's comics "that reflect the influence of graphic novels."

Both the pro and college winners receive a cool 10-grand in prize money -- nothing to sneeze at, natch, especially if you've got repayment of college loans in your near-future.


The e-mails keep rollling in, too, from folks who want to save some of the comic strips to-be-dropped from The Washington Post's print edition. More than a few have expressed the "Save the Judge!" sentiment. If you want to try to save your strip, make sure to vote in yesterday's 'Riffs poll -- AND e-mail your thoughts to

The scheduled D-Day is March 30; but who knows? Governors have been known to stay executions -- even when a hanging "Judge" is involved.


Speaking of sudden demises: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reportedly has published its final print edition today. Which means that its Pulitzer-winning political cartoonist DAVID HORSEY is not only a fine writer; he's also apparently got impeccable sources. Back on March 7, Horsey told Comic Riffs that the P-I probably had 10 days to live. Well, darned if he wasn't correct right down to the day.

It's a regrettable day for Seattle, and for journalism at large, but I will say this: Never bet against Horsey.

By Michael Cavna  | March 17, 2009; 12:30 PM ET
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