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The Best Political Cartoons of the Year, 2008 Edition by Brian Fairrington, Daryl Cagle

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A “Zany” Development

Zany.

Is that a quality journalists should aspire to?

Walt Handelsman won his second Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning this year with this citation:

Awarded to Walt Handelsman of Newsday, Long Island, N.Y., for his stark, sophisticated cartoons and his impressive use of zany animation.

Handelsman’s editorial cartoons speak for themselves. He does great work and is an old friend. Walt saw a new medium in animation and went to great pains to teach himself the fine points of producing it. And the results are predictably hilarious. But is it an editorial cartoon?

Let’s put it this way; giving the Pulitzer Prize for an animated cartoon is like awarding it for best novel to Doctor Zhivago starring Omar Sharif. It’s just not the ...

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