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Mark Fiore (cartoonist)

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Mark Fiore is an American political cartoonist specializing in Flash-animated editorial cartoons, whom The Wall Street Journal called "the undisputed guru of the form". Fiore lives in San Francisco, California, and his cartoons have appeared in numerous American papers and a number of web sites. He studied political science at Colorado College and was a staff cartoonist for the San Jose Mercury News. He left newspapers for animated online comics in 2001, and he currently makes animated editorial cartoons for his web site markfiore.com, from which he also sells DVDs of his cartoons. He is a member of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Fiore's comics were included in Ted Rall's Attitude 3: The New Subversive Online Cartoonists, along with other web-comics such as Dinosaur Comics, Diesel Sweeties, Fetus-X, and The Perry Bible Fellowship. In their review of Attitude 3, the American Library Association's Booklist called Fiore's cartoons a standout for their "unique and personal" vision. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 2010, the first ever for his genre of editorial cartoons. In some of his Flash cartoons, Fiore makes use of several characters more than once. Some of those characters include: Suzie Newsykins Dogboy & Mr. Dan—an anthropomorphic dog chats who with his friend Mr. Dan, who is rabidly conservative Buster Bunker The Friendly Nuke—a nuke Knuckles—a slow man in an executioner's mask who loves torturing Guantanamo prisoners Flamey McGassy Ouchie—a talking bandaid Captain Killmore Snuggly the Security Bear—a rather sadistic teddy bear who puts a positive spin on domestic spying and wiretaps Right-wing Ralphie—a squat lawyer with pixie wings who fights for homosexuals to gain restitution for being "forced" into marriage; after the passage of California's Proposition 8, Ralphie celebrates the "protection of heterosexual marriage"; he is a caricature of Ralph Reed, the former Religious Right leader Buzzie the Fly—a Cajun fly who updates the nation on the New Orleans reconstruction, especially the living conditions of Hurricane Katrina refugees Fiore was awarded an Online Journalism Award by the Online News Association and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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