Wake Forest editorial cartoonist wins national award
March 10, 2008
William C. Warren, a Wake Forest University senior, won this year’s National Journalism Award for College Cartooning from the Scripps Howard Foundation.
Warren will receive $10,000 and the Charles M. Schulz award for his comic strip, "Lummox.” The award will be presented April 18 during a dinner at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
The awards honor the best in print, Web and electronic journalism and journalism education for 2007.
Warren’s editorial cartoons and comic strip appear in Wake Forest’s student newspaper, the Old Gold & Black. A political science major and studio art minor, he began contributing editorial cartoons during his freshman year. In the fall of 2006, he started “Lummox.” The comic strip chronicles the adventures of Lummox and Goodrich, two freshman roommates. To view Warren’s work, visit http://www.warrentoons.com.
“I’ve been drawing comic strips since I was 6 years old, and it is awesome and really rewarding to see all those years of drawing culminate in this award,” Warren said.
Warren, who is from Atlanta, also won the John Locher Award from the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists in 2006. Part of his prize was a trip to the group’s annual conference in Denver, where he met established cartoonists including his favorite, Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Ramirez, who gave him advice and critiqued his work.
Warren’s editorial cartoons have appeared in various publications, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He hopes to find work as a cartoonist following graduation.
Details about this year’s National Journalism Awards are posted on the Scripps Howard Foundation Web site at http://pressreleases.scripps.com/release/1009.