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Ann Telnaes
Ann Telnaes

Ann Telnaes

Humor's Edge

Washington, DC USA

"Just be ready to look at other doors. I had a lot of doors open to me that I never thought about when I was a student, and I took them. It worked out really well."

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Day In The Life

Political Cartoonist

I create editorial cartoons in various mediums: animation, visual essays, live sketches, and traditional print.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Graphic Design

    California Institute of the Arts

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Had always enjoyed art, and specifically the act of drawing.

  • 2.

    Was going to Arizona State University, studying graphic design, but felt she was "floundering," didn't feel motivated.

  • 3.

    Everyone around her was majoring in business, but she wanted to study something that was truly her passion.

  • 4.

    Decided she needed to go to art school if she wanted to really apply herself and get serious about her goals.

  • 5.

    Was animating for Disney, started feeling politically motivated by the Tiananmen Square protests, the Anita Hill hearings.

  • 6.

    Was inspired to draw a series of political cartoons; sent them to newspapers across the country.

  • 7.

    Liked the medium of editorial cartoons because she had always been very opinionated, saw she could express opinions through art.

  • 8.

    Won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 2001; only the second female cartoonist to do so.