A big congrats to editorial cartoonists Steve Kelley, Clay Bennett and Mike Smith for being named, respectively, winner and finalists in the 87th National Headliner Awards. The Headliners were founded in 1934 by the Press Club of Atlantic City.
The judges commented: “Steve Kelley doesn’t play in cliches. His cartoons stood out for their originality, smarts and focus on the hilarious moments that were so very hard to find in 2020 — some on the national stage, and some in our own homes. His artistic hand is crisp and clear, and his messages go right to the gut — causing a laugh, a headshake or a glance at the calendar: Is it 2021 yet?”
Also, congratulations to Comic Riffs scribe Michael Cavna who was won 2nd place in the online blog category for a Washington Post column he wrote on “Human Creativity: Art in the Time of Reckoning and a Pandemic.”