This week we talk to Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Mike Luckovich. Mike draws cartoons for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and his work appears in Newsweek, Time and The Washington Post, among other publications. And while he shot down all of our cartoon ideas, he did talk with us about where he keeps his Pulitzers, the best career advice he ever got (which, thankfully he ignored) and his favorite cartoon. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with editorial cartoonist Mike Luckovich:
The Daily Quarterly: How did you hear about thedailyquarterly.com?
Mike Luckovich: God told me about it in a dream.
TDQ: How excited are you that The Daily Quarterly asked you for an interview?
Luckovich: It hasn’t quite sunk in. Right now, I’m numb.
TDQ: After thedailyquarterly.com, where do you go for your national news?
Luckovich: Is this a trick question? There’s no need to go anywhere else other than TDQ for national news.
TDQ: What was the first cartoon you got paid for?
Luckovich: I’m still waiting for that to happen. Do other cartoonists get paid?
TDQ: Who were your favorite cartoonists growing up?
Luckovich: Mort Drucker at MAD and Jeff MacNelly.
TDQ: How did you get into doing editorial cartoons?
Luckovich: I killed an editorial cartoonist and assumed his identity.
TDQ: You won the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 and then in 2006, the Pulitzer Prize for Cartooning. Do you carry them with you wherever you go? Maybe use them to help you get out of a speeding ticket?
Luckovich: They are surgically implanted in my chest.
TDQ: Shouldn’t you sign all your cartoons since 1995 “Pulitzer Prize Winner Mike Luckovich?”
Luckovich: Since I also won it in 2006, I think that would be shortchanging myself.
TDQ: You’ve drawn some cartoons that proved to be controversial, some more than others. Do you ever look back at any, say a year or five after they ran, and think maybe you could have drawn them differently?
Luckovich: No. After I draw a cartoon, I forget about it and focus on the next one.
Part 2 of our TDQ Q&A with Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Mike Luckovich will run next Friday.