What are editorial cartoons?
By Warner M. Montgomery
Editorial cartoons are an essential element of newspapers. Dating back to the days of Benjamin Franklin’s Pennsylvania Gazette , the editorial cartoon was used to “raise hell” (Franklin’s words) in colonial America. During the Civil War, Thomas Nast’s editorial cartoons graced the pages of Harper’s Weekly.
These one–frame cartoons aren’t necessarily funny, nor are they necessarily news; they are bold exaggerations of real life intended to invoke emotion from the reader. They present the artist’s interpretation of a current event. As such, they are personal comments, the artist’s point–of–view.
Every year, as a part of it’s Visual Literacy Festival, Richland One conducts an Editorial Cartoon contest which provides a forum for the display and honoring of the best student–produced work.
The Award for Creative Excellence is a special award sponsored by the Law Offices of Nexsen Pruet, LLP. The best individual entry in each contest will receive the award and a $500 Series E Savings Bond. The winner was Are We Using Our Money Wisely? by Katelyn Bowie of Crayton Middle School.
The Grand Prize winner was Identity Theft by Meredith Nix and Elizabeth Bernardin of Crayton Middle School.
First place in the 9-12 Individual Category was Will work for gas by Jessica Jones of AC Flora High School.
First place in the Adult/Student Joint Category was The Skinny on McDonald's Nutritional Facts by Bruce McCants and Ms. C. Richardson of Gibbes Middle School.
First place winner in the Individual Faculty Category was Promise Land by Rosalyn E. Peterson of WA Perry Middle School.
In the December 9, 2006 issue the caption for this picture should have read:
Tim Womack waters Myron J. Chambliss Jr., a fifth grader, who performs as a tree, for the audience at South Kilbourne Elementary School.