Congratulations to Jen Sorensen, First Woman to Win Herblock Prize for Editorial Cartooning

Jen Sorensen has won the 2014 Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning. This is the first time the prize, which began in 2004 and comes with an award of $15,000 and “a sterling silver Tiffany trophy”, has recognized a woman. Sorensen cartoons for alternative weekly newspapers including The Austin Chronicle.

Democracy Scam by Jen Sorensen

According to Comic Riffs (the Washington Post blog on cartooning), the last three winners were alt-weekly cartoonists: Jen Sorensen, Tom Tomorrow (2013), and Matt Bors (2012), which I think indicates how “regular” papers have given up on leading the field of editorial cartooning. So many have fired their staff cartoonists and resorted to syndicated material that can’t be too edgy or relevant to the local audience.

Anyway, I’ve been following Sorensen’s work since Alternative Comics (the first version) published her Slowpoke Comix in 1998, so I’m thrilled for her. Her books include
Slowpoke: One Nation, Oh My God!, Slowpoke: America Gone Bonkers, and Slowpoke: Café Pompous, all of which are still available. I hope there’s another one coming soon.

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