Thursday, April 15, 2010

I win! I win!

Even though I dropped out!

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:

Toon: Jane Reaction

The New Green Hummer

Not a bad way to go out, right?


  1. Congrats! I also heard (from across the office) that you were being written up on blogs in the comics-blogaverse after you announced you were quitting and getting some decent press, too.

  2. That's awesome! Congratulations!

  3. That's fantastic! Congratulations!

  4. Congrats! I am sad to have discovered your great cartoons as they were ending (but I'm glad that they're archived).

  5. Congratulations!! That is very cool.

  6. Congratulations! You're a multi-talented lady.


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