And I'm not talking about the mini-wardrobe contest. A few weeks ago I mentioned here that I made the painful (but freeing) decision to retire from regular freelance weekly political cartooning. I'd been doing it for 8 years, but the newspaper market had gone sour, I was sick of the vicious hate mail, and my interests had changed.
Anyway, one of my few clients remaining at the end was Detroit's alternative weekly, the Metro Times. Well, I heard this morning that I came in second place for editorial cartooning in the Detroit Society of Professional Journalists' annual awards!
Last year I came in third and the judges said I was a "welcome breath of fresh air with great promise for the future." Sigh...
As you can imagine, while drawing for the Metro Times, I did a lot of cartoons about the economy, unemployment, and the auto industry, and I got some nice emails from laid-off auto workers about cartoons like this one. Here are two of the more popular ones:
Not a bad way to go out, right?