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February 23, 2017

Ruben Bolling Wins The Herblock Prize

Ken Fisher, better known by his pen name Ruben Bolling and for the name of his feature Tom The Dancing Bug, has won this year's Herblock Prize, it was announced today via press release. TTDB is distributed by Andrews McMeel; it appears on three key media web sites:, and

imageThe New York City resident was a finalist in 2016, and is a past winner of the Society Of Illustrators Best Cartoon Award, among several honors. He has also been published in The New Yorker, Nickelodeon and MAD.

Bolling's fans had notice an intensification in Bolling's approach during the frog-simmering-in-heated-water year that was 2016, something he's continued into the present moment. I have to imagine that watchers of his work or somewhere in the ballpark of being as pleased as I am.

Bolling will receive a $15,000 award from the Foundation named after the cartoonist who worked in a magical age you could make a foundation's worth of fortune from received newspaper stock. The ceremony will be March 29 at the Library of Congress.

Judges for this year were Mark Fiore, Martha Kennedy and Matt Wuerker.

Finalist Marty Two Bulls Sr. a freelancer for the Indian Country Today Media Network, will receive a $5000 after-tax prize.

You can read more about the Herb Block Foundation here.
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