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A hotbed of editorial cartooning

An editorial cartoon is an opinion column, albeit one with a simple concept, a strong visual and few words. We Americans inherited a tradition of editorial cartooning from England and France, but we have done much over the centuries to make it our own. From Thomas Nast in the second half of the 1800s to Garry Trudeau’s “Doonesbury” in the last three decades of the 20th century, American editorial cartoonists have swayed public debate. ¶ Since the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning was first awarded in 1922, The Buffalo News has received the cartooning Pulitzer an unusual three times – by three different cartoonists. Only one newspaper has been awarded more cartooning Pulitzers. ¶ Fun fact: Buffalo breeds great editorial cartoonists. All three of The News’ Pulitzer-winning cartoonists – Bruce Shanks, Tom Toles and Adam Zyglis – were local boys.

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