Pat Bagley of the Salt Lake Tribune bagged the 2009 Herblock Prize for editorial cartoons. Among the very few awards judged by fellow cartoonists (this year, Jules Feiffer, Garry Trudeau and the 2008 winner, John Sherffius), the prize is named for three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and Washington Post legend Herbert Block and funded from his foundation. Not surprisingly, campaign themes dominated the submissions, as Bagley badgered the Clintstones, leveled a seething Jesse Jackson and dissed President Dubya as a Heimlich maneuver projectile. Clever gag.
-- Joel Pett
Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist of the Lexington Herald-Leader. His work also appears in USA Today.