Congrats to Matt Bors on becoming the first alt-comix type to win the2012 HERBLOCK PRIZE, and its $15,000 cash award.
“It’s an honor and was completely unexpected,” the nationally syndicated Bors tells Comic Riffs. “I’m humbled to be included in the group of previous winners” — a list that includes such recent recipients as Politico’s Matt Wuerker and The Post’s Tom Toles.
Jen Sorensen, another indie cartoonist, was also a finalist and won $5000.
The prize is given to “distinguished examples of editorial cartooning that exemplify the courageous standard set by Herblock“, the esteemed Washington Post editorial cartoonist.
Bors’ own work can be seen at mattbors.com. Although editorial cartooning is an endangered occupation, commentators like Bors are keeping the standard high on the internet, and his recognition is a forward-looking move by the prize judges.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.