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Michael Cavna
June 16, 2022

Herblock, Garry Trudeau, Patrick Oliphant, Paul Conrad and other artists who skewered Nixon and his inner circle made the era a boom time for political satire

Bob Woodward vividly recalls Herblock walking through the Washington Post newsroom in the ’70s, several sketched ideas in hand.

Washington Post Staff
June 13, 2022

(First published May 25, 2015, republished for Watergate 50th Anniversary)

Herblock was the pen name of Herbert Block, the Washington Post’s political cartoonist who graphically captured the Watergate story in more than 100 often memorable drawings done between June 1972 and August 1974. Twenty of them are presented in this feature in chronological order.

Rob Tornoe
June 07, 2022

In May, Insider won a Pulitzer Prize, joining a small group of digital-only news organizations awarded journalism’s top prize. But like Politico back in 2012, the recognition came in an unlikely category for an online news organization — cartooning.

J.P.
June 07, 2022

A few weeks after the AAEC and three dozen past Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists protested recent changes to the Editorial Cartooning category of journalism’s ‘biggest award’, aspiring cartoonist (and CNN anchor) Jake Tapper has written to the Pulitzer Prize Board encouraging them to rethink their decisions. Here is the letter Tapper sent, reprinted here with his permission.

May 31, 2022

To the Pulitzer Board members:

Graciela Mochkofsky
May 18, 2022

Does winning a prestigious award mean that Alcaraz is now accepted by the mainstream?

Isabel Lara, [email protected]
April 28, 2022

Washington D.C., April 28, 2022 -- All Things Considered weekend host Michel Martin delivered the prestigious lecture at The Herblock Prize awards ceremony held at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., on April 26.

Patricia Guadalupe
April 27, 2022

The Los Angeles-based political cartoonist was honored at the Library of Congress with the prestigious Herblock Prize for his "courage and unapologetic focus" on issues.

WASHINGTON — One of the nation's first syndicated Latino cartoonists was honored at a ceremony Tuesday at the Library of Congress, the recipient of the one of the nation's top prizes in editorial cartooning.

Michael Cavna
April 26, 2022

The first Latino winner of the Herblock Prize creates art about immigration, vaccine hesitancy and Jan. 6

Lalo Alcaraz was 13 when his father, a landscaper and plant nursery worker in the San Diego area, was killed in a Tijuana car accident. As the child of non-English-speaking immigrants, young Lalo was soon calling his father’s clients to let them know. Instead of expressing sympathy, though, one customer coldly asked him for the phone number of a replacement gardener.

Jayla Johnson
February 02, 2022

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - The Dothan Houston County Library is offering a walk through time for Black History Month.

The main branch of the library is displaying the Long March exhibit from the Herb Block Foundation featuring political cartoons from the Civil Rights era.

The exhibit displays the work of legendary Washington Post editorial cartoonist Herbert L. Block, famously known as “Herblock.”

Matt Wuerker and Krystal Campos
November 01, 2021
Liza Donnelly
October 08, 2021

At a time when the world needs new ways to connect, there are fewer opportunities for people whose life's work is to help us do precisely that.

I have been a cartoonist all my life. I began drawing when I was 7 years old, and my love of cartoons began when I realized I could make others smile with my pen. But it was the chaos of America in the 1960s and 1970s that made me want to turn to drawing editorial cartoons.

Matt Bors
October 01, 2021

Political cartooning is a dying profession, but there are more cartoons with politics than ever.

Michael Cavna
June 15, 2021

Ruben Bolling was at his daughter’s high school graduation ceremony in Manhattan when he got word. Out in Santa Fe, Marty Two Bulls Sr. was driving to get coffee when his Instagram alerts poured in. And in Southern California, Lalo Alcaraz was preparing for a Zoom meeting at his Hollywood job when he got a cryptic text: “You got robbed.”

Mike Isaac
June 10, 2021

As Facebook has become more active at moderating political speech, it has had trouble dealing with satire.

SAN FRANCISCO — Since 2013, Matt Bors has made a living as a left-leaning cartoonist on the internet. His site, The Nib, runs cartoons from him and other contributors that regularly skewer right-wing movements and conservatives with political commentary steeped in irony.

Martha Kennedy
December 23, 2020

Herb Block (aka Herblock) (1909-2001), legendary cartoonist for the Washington Post and four-time Pulitzer Prize winner, probably never met Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), but he did admire this artist and his art. He also admired, learned from, and drew upon work by other fine artists. How do we know? To explore this interesting aspect of Herblock’s work, let’s first ask what could the focused, forthright cartoonist possibly have in common with a global star of fine art who pioneered the early abstract style of Cubism?