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Professional satirists officially recognised by Apple

September 17, 2010 in News

Foghorn Bloghorn for The UK Professional Cartoonists’ OrganisationFacing criticism for rejecting (and later approving) a number of caricature-based iPhone apps, Apple has changed it’s terms and conditions to specifically exempt professional satirists. As reported by The Daily Cartoonist the two new clauses in their guidelines for new apps read:

14.1 Any app that is defamatory, offensive, mean-spirited, or likely to place the targeted individual or group in harms way will be rejected

14.2 Professional political satirists and humorists are exempt from the ban on offensive or mean-spirited commentary

As pointed out by the Daily Cartoonist and MAD Magazine caricaturist Tom Richmond (who previously had an app rejected and later approved) this still leaves open the question: how does Apple define a professional satirist?

Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist announced

April 14, 2010 in General

The 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning has been awarded to Mark Fiore of  sfgate.com, the San Francisco Chronicle Web site. This marks the first time the prize has been won by a cartoonist who only produces animated web-based cartoons. The Pulitzers, set up to honour excellence in American journalism have been awarded since 1917. The Washington Post have an interview with Fiore here.

In other US cartoon-related award news, the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees have been revealed. Thanks to Alan Gardner at the Daily Cartoonist for the tips.