TONIGHT, FOR the right price, you can take Matt Wuerker home with you.

Or, at least, a “Matt Wuerker.”

Wuerker, Politico’s acclaimed editorial cartoonist, is the honorary chair of tonight’s 25th annual “Cartoons and Cocktails,” the charity art auction that raises money for Washington students and the world’s threatened and otherwise in-need cartoonists. But he is also a donor who last year drew the highest bid for one of his ink-and-watercolor originals that, several months later, was part of his Pulitzer-winning portfolio.

At Thursday’s “C&C” at the National Press Club — silent auction is at 6 p.m., live auction at 7 — the works of Wuerker, Jeff MacNelly, Herblock, Lynn Johnston, Jimmy Margulies, Rob Rogers and South Africa’s Jonathan “Zapiro” Shapiro will be among more than 160 illustrations up for bid as part of “the largest annual auction of editorial cartoons in the United States.”

“Cartoons and Cocktails is a great D.C. tradition, one that brings cartoonists and those who love cartoons together for a fun evening and a raucous auction for collectible original cartoons,” Wuerker tells Comic Riffs of the event, which will include real-time “Art in Action” poster creations and live caricatures.


A LATE LEGEND’S WORK: This original by three-time Pulitzer winner Jeff MacNelly will be on the auction block tonight. (JEFF MacNELLY / courtesy of Cartoons & Cocktails )

“Besides being one of the high points on the cartoon calendar,” Wuerker continues. “it’s also all for a great cause, supporting Young DC, a journalism program for D.C. high school kids, and also Cartoonists Rights Network International, [which] stands up for political cartoonists around the world.”

Last year’s Cartoons and Cocktails raised nearly $50,000, organizers say.

For full details, visit the event’s website.


FROM THE PULITZER PORTFOLIO: This Matt Wuerker ink-and-watercolor original drew the highest bid at last year’s Cartoons and Cocktails. (courtesy of MATT WUERKER /.)