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A timely book by the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartoons. Signe Wilkinson, the editorial cartoonist at the Philadelphia Daily News, likes to meddle in her children's lives but she would like government and commerce to butt out of hers. It is easy to smile while you read this collection of cartoons about "life, liberty and the pursuit of privacy" which is good because you're probably being watched!
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Background About Signe Wilkinson Signe Wilkinson, born in the depths of the baby boom, graduated from her suburban Philadelphia high school about the same year the SAT scores began their slide. After acquiring a BA in English from a western university of middling academic reputation, Wilkinson was unprepared for real work ... so she became a reporter, stringing for the West Chester (PA) Daily Local News. She also worked for the Quakers, Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, and with a housing project in Cyprus, a job that ended with a bang when a coup d'etat was followed by a military invasion from Turkey. Since then, Wilkinson has felt that a little multi-culturalism goes a long way. Back in the newsroom, Wilkinson began drawing the people she was supposed to be reporting on. She realized cartooning combined her interests in art and politics without taxing her interest in spelling. After a year of remedial art school, including a stint at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, she began freelancing at several Philadelphia and New York publications, finally landing a full-time job at the San Jose Mercury News in 1982. After 3 1/2 years on a steep learning curve, Wilkinson repaid her long-suffering Mercury News editor by taking a job at the Philadelphia Daily News, where she has been drawing contentedly ever since. Her work is recognized for its unique style and famous irreverence. In addition to her five cartoons a week for the Daily News, Wilkinson has drawn Shrubbery, a hybrid comic strip/editorial cartoon that focused on both the botanical and political landscape. Other efforts include mulch-based cartoons for Organic Gardening magazine, other gardending related illustrations (some of which are included here and on Signe's web site), mortarboard-based cartoons for the Institute for Research on Higher Education and water-based cartoons for the University Barge Club newsletter. "How to Grow the $735 Tomato" is the title of her 1999 gardening calendar. Her awards include the 1992 Pulitzer Prize (the first woman to win the prestigious award), the 1991 Berryman Award, the 1997 and 2001 Overseas Press Club Award and the 2002 RFK Award. Her most cherished honor was being named "the Pennsylvania state vegetable substitute" by the former speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1989. Wilkinson's editorial cartoons are syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group. Wilkinson was the 1994-1995 president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, a job Molly Ivins likens to running a nursery school. Wilkinson values her intensely unremarkable family life which is marked by her interest in growing outdoor lilies, killing indoor orchids, finding an easy way to match her husband's socks and trying to figure out the best way to answer the question, "Mom--exactly what was the stain on the blue dress?"
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Book Description Cartoonist Group, U.S.A., 2005. Soft cover. Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. 1st Edition. SIGNED COPY. PRISTINE CONDITION. NOTE: There is no indication of edition or printing inside. Signed by Wilkensen after an appearance at the Free Library of Philadelphia. We were the booksellers. Comes packed securely in a hard box for all domestic shipments. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 001931