Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Mike Luckovich Video Interview

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Pulitzer and Reuben Award winning editorial cartoonist Mike Luckovich talks about his job, the administration, the joy of working with pen and paper (No Wacom tablet for him. He uses ink and Wite Out.), and the future of the form.

I met Mike at last year's Reubens and he introduced me to his family. He's a very down to earth guy.

What he doesn't touch on in the interview is the amount of work that he does. It's deceptive to some people how hard cartoonists work. Sometimes people think the ol' drawing hand is just a faucet that pours out drawings. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.

Case in point: Mike and his family flew to NYC a couple years ago to attend Bunny Hoest's annual cartoonists' bash. The Bunny Bash draws a couple hundred cartoonists, editors, family and friends. Once there, Mike spent the bulk of his time there in the Hoest/Reiner studio, which is in a turret on the second floor. While he drew and faxed a cartoon, his family played in the Long Island sound!

Postscript: unfortunately, winning all these awards does not guarantee that the people who produced a video about Mike Luckovich can spell the guy's name correctly -- hence making the video hard to find!

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