Wednesday, March 14, 2012

2012 Herblock Award: Matt Bors

Image: Matt Bors

In a huge upset to the cartooning status quo, this year's Herblock Prize was awarded to editorial cartoonist Matt Bors, with the runner-up going to Jen Sorensen. Both artists live in Portland, Oregon, and both are testament to the existence of relevant, progressive cartoonists whose work is consistently more edgy than that of Trudeau, who is ironically the current source of controversy in the media, is giving the award ceremony lecture. 
Also of note is that both of these cartoonist's work currently runs on one of the leading left-leaning blogs on the internet, Daily Kos, who is one of the few established on-line communities to step up and fill the void left by the vanishing venues of editorial cartooning. As opposed to the constant death-march of grim news about the state of the industry, Bors and Sorensen stand out as examples to the contrary, and offer much in the way of inspiration and hope to other alternative cartoonists.
Congratulations are in order for both cartoonists who address important issues in unique, distinctive visual styles.

Image: Jen Sorensen

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