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Posted at 12:40 AM ET, 03/31/2011

TEEN CARTOONIST: From prominent perch, 14-year-old skewers Brazil’s elite

Joao Montanaro is just 14, but he recently joined Folha, Brazil's largest newspaper, as its latest political cartoonist. (Juan Forero)
And a child shall lampoon them.

As a former teen political cartoonist at a newspaper myself, I can’t help but appreciate what compels Joao Montanaro to skewer the powerful at the ripe age of 14. Montanaro may be a spindly adolescent, but he wields enough editorial muscle with his pen and his perch to merit notice.

Montanaro — who signs his work simply “Joao M.” — is a fresh-faced ninth-grader who has freshly joined the “stable of irreverent cartoonists” at Folha de Sao Paulo, the 90-year-old broadsheet that is Brazil’s biggest daily newspaper, reports my Post colleague Juan Forero from Brazil.

(Juan Forero)
Montanaro, who at age 12 drew for the children’s version of the newspaper, now draws for the big paper’s Saturday editorial page.

The teen cartoonist tells Forero: “I make comics, cartoons, comics strip, too, and I like political cartoons. You can joke about somebody bigger than you, and I like this.”

I don’t know a political cartoonist in the world who can’t relate to that sentiment.

I encourage you to read Forero’s entire article right here — and to check out the gallery of Joao M.’s work right here.

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