Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Excellence in Journalism Competition

I found out recently that for the first time in four years I did not win the Milwaukee Press Club's Excellence in Journalism Competition. What's more, I didn't place.

So who are these cartoonist who beat me in the competition. Well, they're not cartoonists. You see, this year the Milwaukee press club combined a couple of categories. In the past there had been separate categories for best editorial cartoon, best cartoon in a magazine, best newspaper illustration and best magazine illustration. This year all of those genres were lumped into one category. First and Second place went to magazine illustrations from Milwaukee Magazine, a glossy monthly publication.

The illustrations that won are not my style but they are by no means unworthy of winning.

I don't want to sound like a sore loser, but why am I competing against magazine illustrators. Frankly it doesn't seem fair. The illustrators likely had a least a week to put together their illustrations, and I whipped up the cartoons I submitted in an afternoon.

The competition is judging apples and oranges all in the same category, but as the print media industry continues to crumble I guess this is a sign of the times. Next year, maybe they've a writing category for "Best News, Feature or Sport's Story, appearing in a Magazine or Newspaper."

Here are some of my editorial cartoons.


Katjusa said...

I was really surprised to see your name not listed among the MPC winners, too.

Great 'toons, btw. Love the drug cartel one, especially.

JD said...

It does show the changing face of journalism, although I do agree it is like comparing apples to oranges. I know weeks go into some of those magazine spreads - hard to compete with in an editorial section.

Anonymous said...

Maybe you've lost your touch. Why don't you get a respectable job like a Fire Fighter so you can actually help society instead of printing your garbage.

Anonymous said...

Why are you making fun of the firefighters they are good people? Who do you call when you need help?

Anonymous said...

And THAT is how CHILDISH the firefighters are. They charge out like third graders if you bat an eyelash wrong yet will defend murderers and pedophiles among their bretheren to their last breath. WHATEVER happened to your blog? Where have you been?