Ann Carolyn Telnaes (born November 15, 1960) is a Swedish-American editorial cartoonist. A former animator, her cartoons are easily recognizable for their fluid lines and bright (often spot) colors. Her cartoons tend to be liberal in tone and have a regular focus on women's issues, such as third world pregnancy and abortion rights. In 2017, she became the first woman to have received both the Reuben Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.

Life & Career Edit

Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Telnaes earned her B.F.A. at the California Institute of the Arts, specializing in character animation. Before becoming an editorial cartoonist, she worked for some years in the animation field, most notably with Walt Disney Imagineering. She contributed to such films as The Brave Little Toaster and The Chipmunk Adventure.

Unlike many editorial cartoonists, Telnaes does not draw for any one set newspaper. She is syndicated with Cartoonists and Writers Syndicate/New York Times Syndicate, with her work appearing across the United States in such publications as The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and the Austin American-Statesman; and internationally in Le Monde and Courrier International. Telnaes also contributes an exclusive weekly cartoon to the nonprofit online news service Women's eNews. Her animated editorial cartoons are featured on The Washington Post's website.

Between January 2000 and September 2005, she was one of the Six Chix cartoonists, drawing every Thursday strip.

In December 2015, one of Telnaes's animated cartoons became the center of controversy. In response to an ad for the presidential campaign of Republican senator Ted Cruz, which featured his 5- and 7-year old daughters delivering a partisan message and an oblique attack on the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. In her cartoon, Telnaes portrayed the daughters of the senator as monkeys on leashes, with Cruz holding the leashes and grinding an organ. Though the cartoon was taken down from the Washington Post's website, Telnaes stood by it, tweeting "Ted Cruz has put his children in a political ad — don't start screaming when editorial cartoonists draw them as well."

Telnaes is married to David Lloyd and lives in Washington, D.C.

Awards & Honors Edit

In 2001, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning, only the second woman so honored (after Signe Wilkinson). In 2017, she received the Reuben Award, the top honor awarded by the National Cartoonists' Society.

Telnaes had a solo exhibition at the Great Hall in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress in 2004. She is also a past vice president and current president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists and is a member of the American Newswomen's Club.

Her other awards and nominations include:

  • 1996 —
    • Best Cartoonist, The Population Institute XVII Global Media Awards
    • Best Editorial Cartoonist, Sixth Annual Environmental Media Awards
    • Reuben Award (finalist; National Cartoonists Society)
  • 1997 — National Headliner Award for Editorial Cartoons
  • 2002 — Maggie Award (Planned Parenthood), for Editorial Cartoons
  • 2003 — Clifford K. and James T. Berryman Award (National Press Foundation)
  • 2011 — Herblock Prize (finalist)

Bibliography Edit

  • Humor's Edge (Pomegranate Press/Library of Congress, 2004)
  • Dick: An Editorial Cartoon Collection (with Sara Thaves, self-published, 2006)

External linksEdit


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