Pulitzer winner, and his rivals
The 2010 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning went to Mark Fiore, a San Francisco freelancer and online Flash-animation pioneer. Once a first-rate ink-on-pulp guy, Fiore was shortsightedly let go from the San Jose Mercury News in 2001. Pulling a cartoon from his past shows that time marches on but the Catholic Church pedophilia scandal perversely perseveres. Also chosen as Pulitzer finalists were 1976 winner Tony Auth, who trashes his un-energetic uncle in the pages of the Philadelphia Inquirer, and, for the second straight year, Matt Wuerker, who tackles burning economic issues for Politico. To see Fiore’s winning videos go to Pulitzer.com or Markfiore.com.
-- Joel Pett
Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky. His work also appears in USA Today.