2018 Locher Award Winner

Congratulations to Charis Jackson Barrios on winning the 2018 Locher Award!

"Charis is producing well-crafted, smart, affecting comics that are equally adept in dishing out facts and relating personal anecdotes, especially with regard to race. Her comics are thoughtful and substantive, executed in a bold, readable style, and address a range of timely, relevant topics from a unique perspective underrepresented in political cartooning." 

You can read Charis's comics by clicking through the  images below. 

 Why Don't You Just Pick One? My Life with a Biracial Identity (The Nib)

Why Don't You Just Pick One? My Life with a Biracial Identity (The Nib)

 
 2017: The Year Black Women Slayed (Again).  (Splinter) 

2017: The Year Black Women Slayed (Again).  (Splinter) 

 
 Know Your Hate Groups (The Nib)

Know Your Hate Groups (The Nib)

 

Charis received a BFA on a full scholarship from The Cooper Union in NYC. While a student, Charis did design and illustration projects with places like Frederator Studios and BuzzFeed. She has recently made comics for The Nib and Splinter News. You can find more of her work at her website, https://www.charisjb.com.


Outstanding Submissions

We would also like to recognize the following cartoonists for their outstanding submissions to the 2018 Locher Award. 

1. Leila Abdelrazaq  

Check out more of her comics and illustrations here

 Hisham and Mounis: from besieged Gaza to US immigration jail (The Electronic Intifada) by Leila Abdelrazaq

Hisham and Mounis: from besieged Gaza to US immigration jail (The Electronic Intifada) by Leila Abdelrazaq

2. Sage Coffey

Check out Sage's work here

 Just a Joke (The Nib) by Sage Coffee

Just a Joke (The Nib) by Sage Coffee

3. Madeleine Witt 

See more of Madeleine's work here. 

 America Goes Dark (The Nib) by Madeleine Witt

America Goes Dark (The Nib) by Madeleine Witt

4. Caroline Cook

See more of Carolines's work here

 The Boys Club (The Dartmouth) by Caroline Cook

The Boys Club (The Dartmouth) by Caroline Cook

5. Jake Thrasher

 
See more of Jake's work at the DMOnline.com

 

 GOPeration (The DM Online) by Jake Thrasher

GOPeration (The DM Online) by Jake Thrasher


Thank you to all who submitted to the 2018 Locher award!


The Judges

The AAEC and the Locher Award would like to thank this year's panel of judges. 

Sage Stossel
 is an editor and cartoonist for The Atlantic.com and a regular contributor of cartoons to The Boston Globe and The Provincetown Banner, for which she received a New England Press Association AwardShe grew up in a suburb of Boston and attended Harvard University, where she majored in English and American Literature and Languages and did a weekly cartoon strip about college life, called "Jody," for the Harvard Crimson. Her cartoons have been featured by The New York Times Week in Review, The Washington Post, CNN Headline News, Cartoon Arts International/The New York Times Syndicate, The Boston Globe, Editorial Humor, Copyediting, and elsewhere. Her work is also included in Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year and Attack of the Political Cartoonists. She is author/illustrator of the comic Starling, now serialized on GoComics.com, and of the children's books  On the Loose in Boston (2009), On the Loose in Washington, DC (2013), and On the Loose in Philadelphia (2015).

Rob Clough  has been writing comics criticism for fifteen years, in places like Studygroup Magazine, Savant, The Comics Journal, Cicada, Sequart, Foxing Quarterly, Sequential Magazine and the Poopsheet Foundation. Rob's home base for a decade has been his site, High-Low.  Rob has been providing criticism about comics from across the alternative/indy spectrum, including shedding light on new artists, short-run minicomics, YA comics, and of course the major releases from Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly, and others. 

Nate Beeler is the editorial cartoonist for The Columbus Dispatch. Prior to joining the Dispatch, he was the cartoonist for The Washington Examiner from 2005 to 2012. His award-winning cartoons have appeared on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC, and in such publications as Time, Newsweek, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. Beeler is one of the most widely syndicated editorial cartoonists, with his cartoons distributed internationally to more than 800 publications by Cagle Cartoons.

In 2014, Beeler won the Fischetti Award from Columbia College Chicago. Beeler was awarded the 2010 Thomas Nast Award from the Overseas Press Club of America and the 2008 Clifford K. & James T. Berryman Award from The National Press Foundation. He has also received multiple honors from the Virginia, Maryland and D.C. press associations for his cartoons. In 2007, he won the Golden Spike Award at the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists' 50th anniversary convention in Washington.

Beeler's cartooning career began at his high school's student newspaper in Columbus, Ohio. He went on to earn a journalism degree at American University in 2002. Beeler won the three major college cartooning awards: the Charles M. Schulz Award, the John Locher Award and first place in the SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards. Nate Beeler is a member of the John Locher Memorial Award Advisory Board.