Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist to visit KSU


AJC’s Mike Luckovich tells how he skewers politicians and celebrities (KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct. 30…

Georgia (Oct 30, 2009)AJC’s Mike Luckovich tells how he skewers politicians and celebrities

(KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct. 30, 2009) — Mike Luckovich, the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, will talk about his job — how he does it, what inspires him and how he sometimes has to deal with a subject’s ruffled feathers — when he visits Kennesaw State University Nov. 4. Luckovich’s work is syndicated in 150 newspapers and frequently reprinted in national publications including Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post and The New York Times.

Luckovich won his first Pulitzer Prize in 1994 and a second in 2006, both for portfolios of cartoons addressing a variety of topics. But his best known featured the names of the first 2,000 American soldiers killed in the Iraq war, arranged to form the word, “Why”
In addition to the Pulitzers, Luckovich won the 1990 and 1993 Overseas Press Club Awards; the 1992 and 2006 National Headliner Awards; the 1994 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award; and the 2006 Rueben Award for Cartoonist of the Year from the National Cartoonists Society.

After graduating from the University of Washington in 1982 with a bachelor’s in political science, Luckovich sold insurance door-to-door while trying to break into the field — there are only about 90 editorial cartoonists in the United States — finally landing a job at the Greenville (S.C.) News in 1984. Nine months later, he moved to the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, then joined the Journal-Constitution in 1989.

Luckovich, a Seattle native, says Mad magazine cartoonist Mort Zucker, who was well known for his caricatures of celebrities, originally inspired him. In high school, he discovered political cartoonists Jeff MacNelly, Pat Oliphant and Mike Peters. At 14, he drew his first political cartoon — a sketch of Richard Nixon — and has been skewering politicos and celebrities ever since.
“Editorial cartooning is such a strange, fun job,” Luckovich said. “I’ll be talking about my inspiration for cartoons and how I go about doing it — sort of a day-in-the-life of an editorial cartoonist. Then I’ll do some drawing for them.”
Luckovich will speak in the University Room of the Carmichael Student Center on Wed., Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. The program is presented by the Kennesaw Activities Board and is open to the public.



Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education, business and nursing. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 22,300 from 142 countries.


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