Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist at Flagler College from Tracey Eaton on Vimeo.
The offending recorder
When I placed my audio recorder on the table, Walt Handelsman was immediately suspicious:
What do you work for the NSA? What is that thing? I looked at it twice. I thought it was a Geiger counter.
Government surveillance, as it turns out, is one of the many things that annoys Handelsman and he turns that irritation into cartoons that appear in more than 200 newspapers nationwide.
Handelsman visited Flagler College on Feb. 11. He is one of America’s best-known cartoonists. His work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post and other publications. He won journalism’s top honor – the Pulitzer Prize – in 1997 and 2007.
Handelsman got into cartooning right out of college. Sadly, he said, editorial cartooning is “a dying field.”
Interview with syndicated cartoonist Walt Handelsman from Tracey Eaton on Vimeo.
Interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Walt Handelsman
Tracey Eaton: How did you get your start?
Walt Handelsman: I got into cartooning right out of college. I would say in 1982. I was working in advertising and really liked editorial cartoonists and thought I might try it, so I would go home every day after work and try and draw editorial cartoons. I did that every day for several months and that led to me building up my confidence and taking my work around and getting some freelance work in Baltimore.
Eaton: How long does it take to draw a cartoon?
Handelsman: Each cartoon is different, depending on if you’re drawing someone you’ve never drawn before and you need to do a caricature of them, that will take extra time. If you do a simple cartoon with a single person doing something, and something you’ve drawn before, it could take an hour or two. If you’re doing something more complicated with buildings and cars and various punch lines and word balloons, it can take several hours.
Eaton: What motivates you to do political cartoons that have an edge? Continue reading