March 14, 2011
Gary Varvel Wins Cartooning With A Conscience Award
Alan Gardner at Daily Cartoonist has been all over Indianapolis Star
cartoonist Gary Varvel's series of award-winning, community-focused cartoons
, so I'll defer to his publication of the press release
indicating that series of works has won Varvel the 2010 Grambs Aronson Award for Cartooning With a Conscience
. Varvel has been working in Indianapolis media for three decades, and is one of the few long-running, veteran editorial cartoonists working from a basically conservative political point of view.
Varvel's "Path Of Hope" ran I think bi-weekly during the summer of 2010 (July to October), and focused on the lives of economically disadvantaged people in Indianapolis -- a former jewel of the rust belt and with the recent recessionary economy hampering the city's ongoing transformation into more of a modern, multiple-industry metropolis, Indianapolis has plenty of poor communities from which to choose. The Star
published his cartoons on a full-color page in the newspaper and in slideshow form on the web site. It seems the model of expanding on the presence of a staff cartoonist within one's print pages. Tom Tomorrow, Steve Brodner, Art Spiegelman, Jules Feiffer and Ted Rall are past winners of the award, which has been given out since 1999 and adopted its current name last year. Varvel will travel to New York at the end of the month to accept his award and discuss the winning work.
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