The past several years have seen Politico cartoonist MATT WUERKER hailed as a two-time Pulitzer finalist, a Herblock Prize winner and the holder of the National Press Foundation’s Berryman Award hardware.
Now, Wuerker has added “Univeral Uclick-syndicated cartoonist” to his C.V. and business card.
The Kansas City syndicate announced this week that Wuerker has joined its respected stable of talent. Wuerker — who is also vice president of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists — has been an editorial artist and cartoonist for more than 30 years.
So why did he make the leap now, three decades in?
“I’ve distributed to my own email list of dailies and magazines for years, but have never been good at the marketing part of the equation,” Wuerker tells Comic Riffs. “I’ve felt the [past] few years, I’ve been cranking out some of my strongest work and figured it was a good time to approach a real syndicate.”
And when it came time to approach a “real syndicate,” the co-founding Politico staffer rapped on only one door.
“I’m very happy about it — Universal is a real quality organization and the first and only syndicate I approached,” Wuerker tells us. “This little pony is honored to find himself in such a fine stable ... and hopes there’s at least a little more alfalfa and maybe a salt lick to look forward to.”