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Posted at 3:42 PM ET, 04/20/2010

This Just In: Satire-phobic APPLE now approves Pulitzer cartoonist's rejected iPhone app

By Michael Cavna

This just in from the left coast: MARK FIORE, just eight days from his historic Pulitzer win for cartooning, tells Comic Riffs that his iPhone app "NewsToons" has been accepted by Apple.

Or as Fiore tells Comic Riffs: "Looks like some guy named Steve Jobs was able to nudge my app past the gatekeepers."

Fiore has posted a link to the iTunes preview of "NewsToons." With the post, Fiore writes: "See the app Steve Jobs was talking about!" (A week ago Monday, Fiore told Comic Riffs how his iPhone app was earlier rejected, leading 'Riffs to ask "Why does Apple hate satire?")

To recap for those just catching up:
1, In December, Fiore received a rejection from Apple, which said it was passing on his political-cartoon iPhone app because -- per an Apple clause -- it "ridicules public figures."

2. A week ago Monday, Fiore received the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning. He won for his political animations that appeared on, becoming (a) the first cartoonist to win the Pulitzer exclusively for animations; (b) the first cartoonist to win for online-only work; and (c) the first self-syndicated cartoonist to win the award.

3. After the media reported on Fiore's earlier iPhone-app rejection, the white-hot spotlight of the Pulitzer helped force the issue -- and sparked a controversy that reportedly reached all the way to Jobs.

4. Late last week, Apple contacted Fiore and invited him to "resubmit" his app.

5. Voila! As of today, what a difference a week makes.


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By Michael Cavna  | April 20, 2010; 3:42 PM ET
Categories:  The Animation, The Political Cartoon  | Tags:  Apple, IPhone, MARK FIORE, NewsToons, Pulitzer Prize, Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning, San Francisco Chronicle, Steve Jobs  
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Can I use Fiore's App to display my webcomic?

( that would be: Line Item Vito @ )

Posted by: egc52556 | April 21, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

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