Did they say WHY the weren’t going to give an award? I’m guessing it was because the judges were so at odds over US politics that the split pretty thoroughly along party lines over whether, say Marty’s ’toon was clever and on point, or just a baseless attack on the President (some such big divide).
Do not know their reason, but you are all winners in my book. Mr. Two Bulls, I think you are great. I said so on FB also.
The judges could not decide on who they liked more. They should have given it to all of them. Stupid judges.
Stupid judges who are afraid of or worship The Orangutan? Congratulations anyway, cartoonist persons! No failing on your part.
Bummer ! But you could look at it this way , Trumpie the Clown can’t say it was fixed !
I smell Trump dung.
I hate to say it but welcome back hair piece thingy.
Please accept the thanks of your fans, Mr. 2Bulls, for providing consistently intelligent, entertaining, and excellent political strips.
Seems like, someone got their feelings hurt.
Sorry to hear about that, good job on making the finalists.
Take care Mr. Two Bulls.
When you can’t reach a concensus you don’t not award. You award all three.
Unless you’ve got other problems with the finalists.
Harrumph. I am not pleased with the Pulitzer committee. Passing over a Jew, a Latino, and a Native in order to protect a racist. Swell.
I thank you all! You often saved my sanity and even made me smile again.
I checked the Pulitzer website and the rules state that judges can vote no winner, by 3/4 vote, decide to consider entries not nominated, or move entries around the categories. Unknown why they didn’t act differently. Maybe they’re sending a message?
I hardly think they’re afraid of Trump or protecting him.
Mr. Two Bulls, in my book, you all ARE winners and that consistently, so I think you nailed it with your comment!
From the WashPost article on this: Two Bulls, whose primary client is the weekly Lakota Times in South Dakota, offered a positive spin. “I thought it was strange they didn’t pick a winner,” he said. “But then I thought: Our work was so outstanding that they had trouble picking a winner. So basically, we’re all winners.”
They are all deserving of an Official No-Prize mailed in the official envelope.
I read them all, every day and comment on many. Had they asked me I would have said “Marty Two Bulls Sr. wins by far!” Alas, they never asked…
These are three of my favorite cartoon artists. Yeah, my politics lines up with theirs but I think they are all passionate, intelligent, and very witty.
Too bad we can’t find a way to do a goComics “People’s Choice” kind of award.
Something is very wrong when no award is given even though there are fine artists there and their works.
first women cartoonists I think of, Ann Telenaes , Signe Wilkenson Jen Sorenson, for political type cartoons. for ‘other’, Carol Lay Lisa Benson, Allison Garwood.
What’s Lalo’s “I smell bamboo” comment mean?
Ruben Bolling was at his daughter’s high school graduation ceremony in Manhattan when he got word. Out in Santa Fe, Marty Two Bulls Sr. was driving to get coffee when his Instagram alerts poured in. And in Southern California, Lalo Alcaraz was preparing for a Zoom meeting at his Hollywood job when he got a cryptic text: “You got robbed.”
All three men are editorial cartoonists, and on Friday, all three were announced as Pulitzer Prize finalists — Alcaraz and Bolling for the second time in their careers. They all had gratitude for the recognition, yet they were also bewildered: Just who was the winner in their category?
Seeing the tweet from the Pulitzer account only stoked their confusion. It read: “No prize was awarded in Editorial Cartooning.”
Alcaraz appeared so puzzled that his colleagues on the animated Nickelodeon series “The Casagrandes” asked him during their virtual meeting Friday whether something was wrong. His response: “I’m trying to find out whether I lost — or won — a Pulitzer.”
Then came clarification. The five-person jury for the category picked the finalists but the larger Pulitzer Prize Board, which selects the winners for all the prizes in journalism and the arts, did not do so for cartooning because no consensus pick emerged. That happens every so often in various categories, but this was the first time in nearly a half-century that it had happened to political artists.
The decision sparked a flurry of questions and comments on social media, followed by pointed criticism from cartooning outlets and organizations. Common responses amid the backlash were “disappointed,” “insulted” and “wrong” — and frustrated a community within journalism that has often felt imperiled, downgraded and disrespected in recent decades.
(To be concluded)
Congratulations, Marty Two Bulls Sr. for being one of the three nominated finalists.
When the Pulitzer Prize awards first happened in 1917 there was no category for Editorial Cartoons. That honor began in 1922, so this is the 99th year since the first Editorial Cartoon Prize was awarded to Rollin Kirby (though not every year since then saw a Prize awarded to a cartoonist).
The original terms for the Editorial Cartooning division read:
For a distinguished example of a cartoonist’s work published in an American newspaper during the year, the determining qualities being that the cartoon shall embody an idea made clearly apparent, shall show good drawing and striking pictorial effect, and shall be intended to be helpful to some commendable cause of public importance, due account being taken of the whole volume of the artist’s newspaper work during the year.
The three finalists:
Ken Fisher (Ruben Bolling) – Tom the Dancing Bug (Andrews McMeel Syndicate)
Lalo Alcaraz (Andrews McMeel Syndicate)
Marty Two Bulls, Sr. (Freelance)
For a list of past winners (and finalists):
It’s weird the cartoonist or somebody pays $75 to be entered. If you miss the deadline, oopsie.
Well Marty, it may be no great consolation, but you’re a winner in my book.
Next year and all following years there will be a $150.00 entry fee. All cartoonists that enter will be given a participation trophy and a coupon for a free large two topping pizza coupon. Need not prove you are a cartoonist. Just draw a picture of a pirate or a parrot.
love your work sir
November 20, 2017