The art of editorial cartooning seems to be something of a lost art: News media cutbacks have diminished the role of artists, but perhaps even more importantly, we live in a time with a very delicate line between what’s amusing and what’s offensive.
Later this month, FMC Fast Chat podcast focuses on the state of editorial cartooning with one of the best in the business: Walt Handelsman.
ABOUT WALT HANDELSMAN
Walt Handelsman is the two-time Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist for The Times-Picayune/The Advocate in New Orleans. His work is nationally syndicated by Tribune Content Agency to over 200 newspapers around the country and internationally.
One of the mostly widely reprinted cartoonists in America, Handelsman’s work has been seen in Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post and others. He has been a featured guest on ABC’s “Nightline”, CNN, PBS, NBC and Fox News.
In 2006, Walt taught himself Flash animation and in 2007 he became the first person to win the Pulitzer Prize for animation.
Before returning to New Orleans in 2013 to join The New Orleans Advocate, Walt worked for Newsday, The Times-Picayune, The Scranton Times and a chain of Baltimore/Washington weeklies.
He holds an associate degree in Art Therapy and a General Studies degree in advertising. He worked for a Baltimore advertising agency before becoming a cartoonist.
Walt is the author of 9 collections of his editorial cartoons as well as a children’s book. He lives in New Orleans with his wife, Jodie. They have 2 adult children.
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Main photo from FMC Achives: Walt Handelsman delivering the keynote address (and showing some of his work) at the Fair Media Council’s The News Conference: Real & Powerful. Photo credit: Bob Giglione