Winner of the 2013 Herblock award
; 2015 Society of Illustrators Silver Medal recipient; 2015 Pulitzer finalist
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April 26, 2015
Michael Cavna at the Washington Post says I may be the biggest Pulitzer outlier (for cartooning, at least) in decades.
SOMETIMES, however rarely, the outlier manages to gain an inside track. And perhaps no first-time Pulitzer finalist has ever been more of an outlier than Dan Perkins …
In honoring editorial cartooning, the Pulitzer Prize Board has historically been a tradition-bound group. To the degree that whenever a name bobs up from beyond the mainstream, it feels like a breakthrough. In the category’s nine-decade past, in fact, you can count on two hands the number of winners who weren’t closely affiliated with a single mainstream newspaper, typically as a full-time staffer.
April 22, 2015
Earth Day memory
The metaphorical awards shelf here in the expansive world headquarters of Tomorrowco Industries has grown happily crowded over the years — the Pulitzer nod, the Herblock, a couple of RFKs, the Aaronsen, the Society of Illustrators medal, and a few others. But the first award I ever won for my art was on Earth Day, 1970, at Roosevelt Elementary School in Iowa City, Iowa. All the kids submitted designs for an Earth Day button, which would be copied off and distributed to the class. Mine won, mainly because it was the most colorful, but this was back before color xerox, let alone laser printers, and I remember wondering how the teachers were going to reproduce it without losing the vibrancy of the art. Since the teachers at Roosevelt Elementary School did not, in fact, have access to four-color printing technology, they traced it and ran it off on the school
mimeograph ditto machine, and I can still remember the bitter disappointment of seeing my bright, colorful design reduced down to smudgy blue ink. It was my first taste of every print artist’s lifelong struggle with the tension between idea and execution, between original concept and reproduction technology. It’s a battle I’m still fighting 45 years later, every time I put out a book or anything else on dead tree media.
April 20, 2015
Guess I better update my bio
Pulitzer finalist. I really did not see that one coming.
Update: Meteor Blades at Daily Kos wrote a nice post about it here. And: Walter Ryce from the Monterey County Weekly gives it a mention here.
March 15, 2015
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March 5, 2015
–The Alt Weekly Comics show at Society of Illustrators runs through May. More details here and here.
–Here’s a video of me talking about writing cartoons, shot by my friends at Monterey County Weekly a few weeks ago.
–The accompanying print interview.
February 27, 2015
Star Trek vs. the Internet
This cartoon won a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators yesterday, which is both a huge honor and now somewhat bittersweet. Rest in peace, Mr. Nimoy.
February 24, 2015
A comic I did for the Village Voice in 2007, when Billo — fresh on the heels of his sexual harassment scandal — decided it would be a good idea to publish a book of advice for young people. (Click for larger images.)