Sort-Of Comics: Gene Weingarten To Get The Ernie Pyle Award
I don't have a lot to add to this article about veteran newspaperman Gene Weingarten winning the 2014 Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award, but I wanted to mention it here because that's one of the better awards I remember someone involved in comics receiving. Part of what Weingarten does is the Barney & Clyde strip (in collaboration with Dan Weingarten and David Clark). I always liked his involvement with that feature because while we see strips like Dustin or Shoe as a natural outgrowth of editorial cartoonists' relationships with newspaper, we rarely a writer/editor with a strip in that sense. If we're happy to see Mark Waid own a comics shop -- and we should be! -- we should be happy to see a super-established writer with a piece of the newspaper comics page. Anyway, they've been giving that award out since the early '90s, and it's a long list of solid, modern contributors to the expression of American culture that is the newspaper.