Friday, March 26, 2004

Lipscomb cartoon tackles race, attracts national accolades

"Lipscomb University students try, in 'roundabout ways,' to determine his race or ethnicity, wondering if he is Hispanic, or maybe Middle Eastern. (For the record, he is half-white, half-black.) Absurd stereotypes abound. And students of all races struggle to slip out of their 'comfort zone' and meet members of other groups."

"'A lot of those things are funny to me,' [Nate] Creekmore said. 'So I put it in the strip.'"

"The Scripps Howard Foundation recently awarded Creekmore a national award for Maintaining. He won first place in the 'college cartooning' category of the foundation's National Journalism Awards, beating students from The University of Washington, the California Institute for the Arts and other schools. He will receive $5,000 and a trophy named for the late Peanuts creator, Charles Schulz."

"A three-judge panel that included cartoonist Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, called Creekmore's strip 'the most polished work by a college cartoonist that we've seen in many years.'"

The Tennessean

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