Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Luckovich live

Mike Luckovich gave a presentation at Atlanta's Margaret Mitchell House tonight, as part of the Center for Southern Literature program, and I enjoyed being there very much. Mike brought his whole family, wife Margo and three of his four kids I guess (the other is in college), plus Cynthia Tucker and Jay Bookman of the AJC editorial staff.

Mike was hilarious, showing some recent cartoons with commentary (including a sneak preview of tomorrow's), talking about how he comes up with ideas (usually on deadline in a panic), and reading from his new cartoon collection, FOUR MORE WARS! He also took questions and generally just had a good time. Needless to say my copy of his new book is autographed now.

Mike is a brilliant cartoonist, and the Pulitzer judges obviously agree, giving him his second such Prize this year. His fellow cartoonists also gave him their highest honor, the Reuben, and the National Cartoonists Society convention this year. He manages to nail the truth with good humor (though it's often painful humor). Kudos to Mike Luckovich!

By the way, here's the link to Mike's AJC blog.

And you can order his book from Amazon at a discount. See the ad in the column at right.


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