Pulitzer nomination for Lynn Johnston? p. 32

By: Editorial Staff WILL THIS BE a "For Better or For Better" year for Lynn Johnston?
The "For Better or For Worse" creator is one of three nominees for the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award, which will be announced May 14. Now there is talk that Johnston might be one of the nominees for the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, which will be announced April 12.
Only two artists, "Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau and "Bloom County" creator Berkeley Breathed, have won the editorial cartooning Pulitzer for a comic strip since the prize first was awarded in 1922.
Universal Press Syndicate vice president/editorial director Lee Salem confirmed that the syndicate submitted Johnston's 1993 sequence featuring a teen-ager who revealed he was gay.
"The sequence raised serious questions about the role of comic strips in newspapers and what comics could or should do," Salem said.
A Pulitzer spokesman said he could not comment on possible nominees or release a list of the jurors deciding on the editorial cartooning prize. He did note that people from outside the United States (Johnston is Canadian) could win a Pulitzer if their work appears in an American newspaper.
Johnston's 15-year-old comic has about 1,400 clients, many of which are in the United States.


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