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Hands recognized as outstanding cartoonist

Phil Hands, the editorial cartoonist whose work appears regularly in The Review, has been named the best cartoonist in the country for newspapers with circulations less than 100,000. The Sigma Delta Chi award will be presented by the Society of Professional Journalists June 21 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Founded in 1909 Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.

“I've always drawn,” Hands said Tuesday, “but I got serious about becoming a cartoonist in high school. I was inspired by Bill Watterson's strip Calvin and Hobbes, and I thought cartooning would be an easy way to make lots of money. I was wrong on both accounts. Cartooning is not easy, and it's a bad way to make lots of money.

“Still, I'm blessed with a rewarding career that gives me the chance to share my opinions with the world every day.

“Cartoons are obviously the most engaging part of the editorial page, which give us cartoonists a responsibility to say something powerful with our art. On a bad day a cartoon is just a funny twist on the news, but on a good day a cartoon can entertain, inform and encourage a reader to see the world in a new way”.

The cartoons left and above were ones submitted for judging.

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