Mar 7, 2014
Congratulations, Mr. Fish!
Sigma Delta Chi Award WinnerTwo Years in a Row!
The Society of Professional JournalistsSpare Change," is pictured at left, gracing the cover of Quill, the SPJ's national magazine. Fish was honored at the SPJ convention and award ceremony in both 2011 and 2010.
Check out what the SPJ has to say about Fish, below--then head over to www.truthdig.com/mr_fish to take a spin through his fearless and insightful work and celebrate with an award-winning T-shirt or two.
Editorial Cartooning (Newspaper Circulation 50,001-100,000 or Online Independent)
Winner: Dwayne Booth, Truthdig
While so many editorial cartoonists make a living out of caricature, the winning entry by Dwayne Booth (aka Mr. Fish) is as exquisitely drawn as it is critically pointed.
“Spare Change,” which depicts a homeless man begging beside a sign reading “will hope for work,” using the Obama campaign symbol as the “O” in hope, is so expertly drawn it appears almost photographic, adding extra resonance to a powerful message. (See magazine cover)
For Booth, such mastery, both technically and symbolically, is par for the course. It’s also typically controversial — upsetting the expectations of some regarding what this typically liberal cartoonist should do.
In their nomination letter, Booth’s editors at Truthdig.com noted that, “like many liberals, Booth became disenchanted with the new president in 2009,” using Obama’s “Hope” symbol as a lesson to progressives “to pay attention to what the president does, not to what he said in the campaign.” It’s this sort of talent and subversiveness that have garnered him space in some of the country’s premiere publications, including Harper’s Magazine, Vanity Fair and the Los Angeles Times.
Booth says that two Lenny Bruce quotes have informed his sometimes controversial work since he was a teenager. The first is, “Knowledge of syphilis is not instruction to get it.” The other captures a similarly rebellious, anti-authority spirit but can’t be reprinted here.
He explained: “My process of cartooning is to respond emotionally to the news and then draw something that ignores the partisanship that typically colors most editorial cartooning. I do my best to communicate the humanity of my subject matter, always being careful not to ground my arguments in the false morality of any political or religious philosophy.”