Magazine article The Quill

Winner: John Sherffius

Magazine article The Quill

Winner: John Sherffius

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John Sherffius' editorial cartooning career began in college. More than 20 years later, Sherffius is now a self-syndicated editorial cartoonists based in St. Louis. His regular clients include the Kansas City Star, Illinois Times, Ventura County Star and The American Prospect Online. His work also has been published in USA Today, Washington Post and San Jose Mercury News.

"In my work, I have two equally important goals," said Sherffius. "The first: To create an image that is striking - something that captures the essence of the subject. And the second: To convey a clear opinion on the topic; there should be no doubt how I feel about the issue. If I can accomplish both of these goals, I feel the cartoon is successful."

In 2004, subjects of Sherffius' cartoons included steroids in sports, the presidential election, the tsunami in Asia and the war in Iraq.

"John is unflinching in the topics he addresses," said Marianne Ratcliff, opinion page editor for Ventura County Star. …

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