Thursday, December 11, 2008
Morland Wins British Cartooning Award
Across the pond, they have political cartoonists too, and one of England's best, Morten Morland, won the Political Cartoon Society's cartoonist of the year award last night in London.
"It’s a fantastic compliment be recognized like that by a jury who’s gone through a whole year’s worth of work, and although I could probably name a handful of people that I’d rather give the award to than myself, it’s a brilliant inspiration, and a much appreciated pat on the back," Morland said on his blog.
"It's great that Morten has won this," said fellow cartoonist Andy Davey, "The judges commended his immediately recognizable style and use of unusual perspective - I'd second that. "
Morland's cartoons appear every Monday in The Times newspaper.
In addition, Steve Bell, the political cartoonist at The Guardian, picked up the 'Gillray Goblet' for the best single image of the year. Peter Shrank of The Independent on Sunday came in second to pick up the 'Tenniel Tankard.'
Christian Adams, the political cartoonist for The Daily Telegraph, commented on his blog about the awards, including some cartoonist chatter that occurred in the pub afterwards.
"The general discussion was the cluelessness of editors and backbenchers about cartoons," Adams said. "Don't they realize that the readers actually LIKE cartoons! Most newspaper people really don't 'get' what cartoons are for and about."