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December 13, 2013

Go, Read: Profile Of Clifford K. Berryman


There are four or five super-interesting things in this genteel, feature-article profile of the editorial cartoonist Clifford K. Berryman, best known for his role in the conceptualization of the "Teddy Bear." I don't know that I was aware that the original teddy bear cartoon included offhand commentary about lynching for instance. I'm also always delighted when I'm reminded that Berryman and his won Pulitzer Prizes for editorial cartooning within a few years of one another: the Ken Griffey Sr./Ken Griffey Jr. of political drawing. Mostly, though, I wanted to point out that apparently a Berryman drawing -- the one above -- is apparently still in active use by a North Carolina newspaper. Now that is value.
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