Cartoonist Walt Handelsman.
, the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist whose work appeared in The Times-Picayune
from 1989 to 2001 before he decamped to New York Newsday
, will return to New Orleans to become staff cartoonist at The New Orleans Advocate
The decision sounds like a sudden one, according to a press release from The New Orleans Advocate
Handelsman agreed to join The Advocate over the weekend, after attending Sunday’s New Orleans Saints game with the newspaper’s owners, John and Dathel Georges, General Manager Dan Shea and Editor Peter Kovacs.
“A few years ago at a Tulane art fair, I purchased a brass skeleton key on a chain created by talented local artist and close family friend, Juliet Meeks*,” Handelsman said. “I’m not much of a jewelry-wearing guy, but I’ve worn that key under my shirt every single day as a personal reminder to someday unlock the door and get back home.”
Handelsman's work, which is syndicated by Tribune Media Services, appears in more than 200 newspapers across the country. Aside from the two Pulitzer Prizes, New Orleanians may be impressed with a more local laurel: Handelsman and his wife Jodie were Grand Marshals of Krewe du Vieux in 2000
has been without an editorial cartoonist since Steve Kelley was among those let go in the paper's "digital transition" last fall. Kelley's cartoons, which are syndicated by Creators Syndicate, now appear at the website townhall.com
* Juliet Meeks is a staff artist at
An original Handelsman drawing from the Krewe du Vieux bulletin, 2000.