Signe Wilkinson (born July 25, 1950, in Wichita Falls, Texas) is an editorial cartoonist best known for her work at the Philadelphia Daily News.
Life & CareerEdit
Wilkinson was raised in Pennsylvania by "caring but somewhat humor-impaired Quakers", as she describes her parents on her website. She earned a BA in English at "a Western university of middling academic reputation". Before she became a professional cartoonist, she joined a peace mission to Cyprus until war broke out in 1974, did layouts for publications at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, and was also a freelance journalist at the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News .
In 1982, the San Jose Mercury News hired her to be a full-time editorial cartoonist, where she worked until moving back to the Philadelphia Daily News in 1985, where she has been based ever since.
In 1992, Wilkinson became the first female cartoonist to win the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning. The same year, she published a collection titled Abortion Cartoons on Demand. She served as president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists from 1994-1995. In 2005, she published another collection of her work entitled One Nation, Under Surveillance. From 2007 to 2011, Wilkinson ran a syndicated daily comic strip, Family Tree, for United Media. Her cartoons have also appeared in magazines such as Ms. Magazine, Working Woman, Organic Gardening, and Friends Journal, as well as books such as Sex and Sensibility and two gardening books, You Bet Your Tomatoes and Mike McGrath's Book of Compost. In 1999, she published a calendar titled "How to Grow the $735 Tomato".
Awards & RecognitionEdit
In addition to her Pulitzer, Wilkinson has received the:
- Berryman Award from the National Press Foundation (1991)
- Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award (2002, 2008)
- Overseas Press Club Award (1997, 2002, 2006)
- Visionary Woman Award from Moore College of Art & Design (2011)
She states that her proudest achievement was being named "the Pennsylvania State Vegetable Substitute" by the former speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1989.
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