Slowpoke Named Herblock Prize Finalist

I’ve won a prize! The Herblock Foundation announced the 2012 Herblock Prize winners yesterday, with my colleague and friend Matt Bors taking home the grand prize, and yours truly named the Finalist. Normally, the term “Finalist” implies something trifling like “honorable mention,” but in this case, I’ve been awarded $5,000, which makes it the best Second Place ever. (Don’t even ask what Matt’s getting.) To avoid any ambiguity, from now on I’m going to refer to my award as the Herblock Prize Lite™.

It’s heartwarming to see our little genre of “altie” political cartoons finally recognized by a major editorial cartooning award. Here’s hoping my talented and deserving multi-panel peers, many of whom have been in the business longer than me, can look forward to more such recognition in the future.

The Washington Post’s “Comic Riffs” has a story here.


  • Cynthia Heimel

    Congratulations you huge rock star!

  • JES

    Oh, this is great news for both of you. Very well deserved, and 5K is — well, I’d fall over if anyone offered me that much for having done anything legal.

  • Jen Sorensen

    Cynthia – A comment from a rock star calling me a rock star — how cool is that?

    JES – Thanks. I believe it was legal, at least until Santorum outlaws mentioning or drawing ladyparts.

  • Tony

    Congratulations, and keep up the good work.

  • John Hayes

    Wonderful–richly deserved, & congratulations to you!

  • Miriam


  • Bill Freese

    It is a good thing Bors has been so good this year, or I would have said you were robbed. You have totally earned this. Congratulations!

  • Cary

    Way to go! You two are turning Portland into a real cartoon powerhouse!

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.