Nick Anderson

Cartoons with an independent streak and a sophisticated use of color.
Recent Work
About
Nick Anderson of the Houston Chronicle is an avowed independent who covers politics and contemporary cultural issues in a way that connects with readers. His loose, idiosyncratic style carries with it an unconventional message that has broad appeal. "I approach my work with a healthy skepticism for the ideological extremists littering our political landscape," explains Anderson.
In 2005, Anderson was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning. The judges complimented his "unusual graphic style that produced extraordinarily thoughtful and powerful messages.”
In fact, Anderson has 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."
Professional experience
The Louisville Courier-Journal, Associate Editorial Cartoonist
Houston Chronicle, Editorial Cartoonist
Also contributed to...
Newsweek
The New York Times
The Washington Post
USA Today
The Chicago Tribune, among others
Private
Anderson grew up in Toledo, Ohio, in a family that encouraged independent thinking in politics. His father, a scientist, didn't like the mathematical odds of his son becoming a cartoonist, but at age 15 Anderson started drawing cartoons for his high school newspaper and immediately knew his calling. "I figured the chances of being an editorial cartoonist were pretty slim, but I didn't want to go to my deathbed without trying," he said.
Awards
2005 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning
1989 Charles M. Schulz Award for best college cartoonist
2000 Sigma Delta Chi Award in 2000
1999 Fischetti Award
1996, 1997 & 1999 1st Place honors, Best of Gannett Awards