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Cartoonist Jen Sorensen first woman to win Herblock Prize

jen-sorensonThe Austin Chronicle cartoonist Jen Sorensen on Monday became the first woman to win the Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning.

Established in 2004 by the Herb Block Foundation, the award is design “to encourage editorial cartooning as an essential tool for preserving the rights of the American people through freedom of speech and the right of expression.” Block, aka Herblock, was a three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist.

“Winning the Herblock is one of the finest moments in a political cartoonist’s life,” Sorensen, who was a 2012 finalist, told The Washington Post. “Being the first woman to win the prize makes it an extra-special thrill. I’m so grateful that this generous award exists for our profession.”

As the newspaper notes, Sorensen is also the third consecutive alt-cartoonist to win the Herblock Prize, following Matt Bors and Dan Perkins (aka Tom Tomorrow). The award comes with a tax-free $15,000 cash prize and a sterling silver Tiffany trophy.

“Jen Sorensen’s strong portfolio addresses issues that were important to Herblock, such as gun control, racism, income inequality, healthcare, and sexism,” the judges stated. “Her style allows her to incorporate information which backs up the arguments she presents. Her art is engaging and her humor is sharp and on target.”

You can see a few of Sorensen’s winning cartoons below.

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4 Comments

If government stooges are outlawed, only outlaws will have government stooges!

All it takes to win is to be a trolling liberal.

Well congrats, Mike. When they make an award for trolling conservatives, I’m sure you’ll be a shoe-in.

Seriously, way to completely dismiss someone’s life’s work. If you don’t agree with the politics, that’s fine. But Sorensen is extremely talented and she’s damned good at what she does. And considering how few legitimately ballsy political cartoon strips even exist anymore, the Herblock Prize is more important than ever.

Mike, not that one

March 25, 2014 at 7:39 pm

I believe that “Mike” is upset because on the stooge market the best offer he’s gotten is for a position as an unpaid assistant-intern stooge.

Kudos, Eric.

And thanks for the good work, Jen.

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