The First Order of Change

I hope you’ve got those loins fully girded, per my earlier instructions. The first thing I’m changing around here is that I’m de-emphasizing the name “Slowpoke” and using my name instead, the way most daily editorial cartoonists (and op-ed columnists) do. You may have noticed this week’s strip lacked a logo. Or not. It’s pretty subtle, actually. I’m pretty entrenched with the old name, so I’m not going to start calling the strip “The Cartoon Formerly Known as Slowpoke” or anything.

Why the switch? Well, Lil’ Bow Wow eventually had to become Bow Wow at some point. (Hopefully someday he’ll just be Wow.) I’m designing a new site that encompasses all my different projects, and this keeps everything simple.


  • Kevin Moore

    B-Wow. Kinda like J-Wow.

    Hey now.

  • Jen Sorensen

    All bow to MC B-wow!

  • Hieronymus Fortesque Lickspittle

    I like it!

  • Susan Montgomery

    Keep the “Slowpoke” name. Why not be like yourself instead of someone else?

  • Tom Meyer

    I think it’s a good change. You write and draw consistently excellent cartoons which the name does not clearly reflect. where did the name Slowpoke come from?

  • Roger Bloyce

    I agree that both the writing and drawing here are consistently excellent, as I’m reminded every time I open the newly revised Sunday Review of the New York Times and see the first regular cartoon in the publication’s history, a redundant, poorly drawn, and often trivial political commentary. Slowpoke by any name would have been a far better choice to liven up the Gray Lady.

  • Jen Sorensen

    Thanks for the feedback, everyone. To answer the question about where the name “Slowpoke” came from, it was the title of a comic book I published right after college. It referred to my reluctance to join the rat race, and the pointlessness of the constant push to do everything faster. I kept the name for my weekly strip, which wasn’t terribly political at first. Over the years, the comic evolved, and I’m not sure the name fits anymore (although I am still a slowpoke of sorts). Just using my name feels more “me” than anything now. We’ll see.

  • Thoas

    No “The Cafka’” as an akronym is not recommendable either. Sounds rather kafkaesk. Schultz, Foster, and Watterson also signed with their real names.
    And I cannot imagine someone like Leonardo Da Vinci using a nick name. real artists sign with their real names.

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.