In a stunning and unexpected rejection, the Pulitzer Prize committee decided not to give the award for editorial cartooning this year, in spite of three exceptional finalists being named.
Lalo Alcaraz of Andrews McMeel Syndicate for cartoons drawn from an unabashedly specific Latino point of view that target the hearts and consciences of Americans
Ken Fisher, drawing as Ruben Bolling, for “Tom the Dancing Bug,” part of Andrews McMeel Syndicate, for an effective example of the alternative cartooning form that uses multiple panels to create a satirical take on policial issues
Marty Two Bulls Sr., freelance cartoonist, for innovative and insightful cartoons that offer a Native American perspective on news events
Congrats to three finalists, selected by a panel of judges that included several editorial cartoonists.
A statement is expected shortly from the President of the AAEC and board of directors on the failure of the Pulitzer Prize Committee to choose a winner from a qualified slate of finalists.