AS NICK ANDERSON adds the 2011 Berryman Award to his Pulitzer mantle, he does so with humility.

“It’s quite an honor to win this year’s Berryman,” the Houston Chronicle’s political cartoonist tells Comic Riffs. “As I look at the list of past winners, I’m humbled.

“It’s good company to keep, for sure.”

Anderson’s painterly cartoons won the Pulitzer in 2005, while he was at the Louisville Courier-Journal. More recently, he was a Pulitzer finalist in 2007 after moving his perch to Houston.

Anderson, a past president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, has also received SPJ’s Sigma Delta Chi Award (2000) and Columbia (Chicago) College’s Fischetti Award (1999).

Of Anderson’s latest honor, Amy Lago, comics editor of the Washington Post Writers Group — which syndicates his work — says: ”Iit doesn’t surprise me, because Nick is always pushing to do more and better.

“In addition to the print cartoons,” Lago continues, “he creates animated editorial cartoons for chron.com. It’s why, when he first started doing color versions of his editorial cartoons, he wasn’t satisfied with just any old color. So he found a way to make them look like they were watercolors, but creating them on his computer.”

In announcing the Berryman Award, the National Press Foundation notes that Anderson “pioneered a method of coloring his cartoons. Using an advanced computer program, he creates digital paintings characterized by subtle textures and striking images. Because of his innovative use of the program, its manufacturer, Corel Corporation, has designated Anderson a ‘Painter Master.’ “


A Toledo native, Anderson majored in political science at Ohio State before interning at the Courier-Journal.

The Clifford K. & James T. Berryman Award was “endowed in 1989 by Florence Berryman, former art critic of the Washington Star in memory of her late father and brother, both of whom were Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonists,” the Press Foundation says.

The foundation’s 29th Annual Awards Dinner will be March 7 at the Hilton in Northwest Washington, D.C.