Taylor Batten

Kevin Siers had a ball in 2017

It’s good to be Kevin Siers. Donald Trump is president, Phil Berger leads the N.C. Senate and Jennifer Roberts was mayor the past two years. Where is a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist to begin?

Kevin, the Observer’s editorial cartoonist since 1987, begins where he always has: with a curiosity about the news. He reads widely and has a deep understanding of public affairs. He then combines that knowledge with his slightly cynical mind, his sense of humor and his artistic (artistic, not sadistic!) talents to produce some of the best editorial cartooning you’ll find anywhere in the country.

Kevin has been on a roll the past 12 months. That was largely thanks to Trump, of course. Love him or hate him, the president’s bombastic style and originality make him a cartoonist’s dream.

Kevin aims his pen at Democrats as well as Republicans, but Republicans control the White House, the U.S. House and Senate and the N.C. House and Senate, so naturally they caught his eye most frequently this year. Democrats control Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, so they got their fair share of pokes, too.

Sometimes Kevin uses a scalpel to slice up his target. Sometimes he uses a sledgehammer. But always he cuts to the heart of an issue. That might be why he won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize, is syndicated to more than 300 newspapers and has had his work published in the New York Times, the Washington Post and USA Today, among many.

Here, we picked out some of Kevin’s best pieces from the year. We hope they give you a chuckle and some insight into the news. Come back daily in 2018 for more!