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Kevin Siers: Piercing egos in the Carolinas since 1987

By Taylor Batten
tbatten@charlotteobserver.com
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Observer editorial cartoonist Kevin Siers pierces public officials’ egos almost daily. But in a way, they seem to like it.

After Harry Jones was fired as Mecklenburg County manager, he called Siers to ask for the original cartoons of him. After Edwin Peacock lost his race for Charlotte mayor, he asked Siers for his original cartoons. It was practically a family tradition: Peacock’s father still has the cartoons the Observer’s Doug Marlette and Gene Payne drew during his time in public life, including his unsuccessful mayoral bid in 1983.

Check out a collection of Siers cartoons from 2013

That all speaks to how well editorial cartoons connect with readers – and Siers’ cartoons in particular. Many readers tell me it’s the first thing they look at in the paper each morning, and it always gives them a laugh, or a knowing groan. The cliché is that a picture is worth a thousand words; our editorials are usually around 550, so we know a Siers picture is worth at least that much.

The Observer and the Charlotte region are fortunate to have one of the nation’s best in their midst. Siers’ work is syndicated to hundreds of papers nationwide, and is as clever, astute and artistically sound as any you’ll find.

Siers (pronounced SY-ers) does more than draw a daily cartoon. His “You Write the Caption” contest, which appears online and in the Monday paper, remains one of our most popular features. And you should know he is a voracious consumer of news and an eager contributor to editorial board discussions around public policy. His fluency in current events is one reason his cartoons are so strong.

2013 was another outstanding year for him. To you and me, the antics of the legislature, the McCrory administration, the county commission battles, the airport fight, President Obama’s foibles and other events were interesting and important stories. To Siers, they were irresistible opportunities.

Take a moment and enjoy some of the nation’s best cartooning work from 2013.

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