"Local cartooning is what I do," says Greg Kearney. "In fact it is all that I do." A Maine native, Kearney has well-known lunatic Paul LePage as Governor, and a slew of locals-only issues for his cartoon, which go out to 10 community papers a week. "People seldom are interested in what a cartoonist in some far off city thinks of a national or international issue. They are, however, very interested in issues closer to home; Maine provides a rich environment for such materials."
[Throughout his life, Rex Babin championed those who focused on state and local issues in editorial cartoons, a field that he and other cartoonists felt was regularly overlooked by journalism contests. The "Rex Babin Memorial Award for Excellence in Local Cartooning" was launched in 2017 to celebrate those working in this niche. To that end, we will be showcasing each cartoonist who entered the contest this year, one or two each day in alphabetical order (more or less), leading up to the AAEC Convention in Sacramento, CA, and the announcement of the award winner on Saturday, Sept. 22.]