Kevin Necessary is another cartoonist who's found a home at a TV station, drawing local editorial cartoons for the website of WCPO in Cincinnati. "When it comes to local toons, I've lucked out," he writes. "'Cincinnati' encompasses not just what's on the Ohio side of the river, but also Northern Kentucky and Indiana. We have Fortune 500 companies, a city government that doesn't know how to function, and a cast of odd characters." Necessary has also moved into long-form comics journalism, spending several months interviewing and telling the story of an immigrant family (two of whom are American citizens) torn apart by ICE.
[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.]