ARTIST’S NOTE: For a tribute to Benjamin C. Bradlee that has sweep or scope or deep-sourcing, you can read such wonderful writers as Robert Kaiser or Martha Sherrill. What follows here, by contrast, is a quirky and humble memory of the legendary Post editor, who died Tuesday evening at age 93.

On Tuesday night, just down the road from the Watergate, I listened to Pulitzer-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman (“Maus”) talk from the stage about the power that lives in the space between words and pictures. Duly inspired by his words and pictures, I illustrated this appreciation of Mr. Bradlee, who himself was a great appreciator of the sharp, truthful editorial cartoon.

–M.C.


Illustrated tribute to Benjamin C. Bradlee (art and article by Michael Cavna/The Washington Post)

 


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Acknowledgments: Thanks to longtime Style writers Henry Allen, Paul Richard and Howard Kurtz for urging and encouraging my art/cartoon  conversations with Ben Bradlee.

MORE FROM CAVNA’S SKETCHBOOK:

* LAST CALL AT THE CORCORAN: The Art of the Final Hour

* RIFFING WITH RICHARD LINKLATER: The Actor Illuminates His Brilliant New ‘Boyhood’

* CAVNA’S CANVAS: The Eye of Neil Gaiman

 

In this never-before-published 2012 interview, Sally Quinn talks with her husband, Ben Bradlee, about religion, God and what comes after death. (The Washington Post)