Top Fischetti Prize Goes to Editorial Cartoonist Michael Ramirez

By: E&P Staff

Michael Ramirez has won the the 2008 Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Competition, the Columbia College Chicago journalism department announced today.

Ramirez — of Investor’s Business Daily and Copley News Service — was cited for a cartoon depicting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama as one of the massive, enigmatic sculptures of Easter Island.

Honorable mentions went to Tony Auth of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Universal Press Syndicate and Steve Greenberg of The Ventura County (Calif.) Star and Scripps Howard News Service.

Auth commented on the Blackwater scandal with an image of a hulking soldier from the U.S. private army driving a bayonet through the back of Uncle Sam. Greenberg drew a U.S. map constructed of guns, hovering over splattered blood.

Ramirez will receive the $3,000 grand prize and Auth and Greenberg will get $1,000 each.

A panel of judges chose the three winning entries from 171 cartoons submitted by 56 editorial cartoonists. It was the 26th annual contest for the award named after late editorial cartoonist John Fischetti.

The trio of cartoonists will be honored at an April 1 reception in Chicago. The evening will include the presentation of awards, comments from the winners, and a silent auction of original editorial cartoons (with proceeds benefiting the Fischetti scholarship fund).

There’ll also be a tribute to late editorial cartoonist/”Kudzu” comic creator Doug Marlette featuring his editorial cartoonist nephew, Andy Marlette.

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