Kevin Siers daydreamed and drew through school, doodling as he listened. Then, in the fifth grade, he and his teacher had a talk.
“And he just took me aside and said, look, I want you to make me some comic books,” Siers said in a phone interview with Poynter.
So Siers created a superhero knockoff. The winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning didn’t launch into the local newspaper from there, though. Siers went to work in the ore mines after high school in Biwabik, Minn. But while there, Mark Washburn wrote on Monday for the Observer, he submitted a cartoon to The Biwabik Times. From the Observer:
“So I said, I guess I could do this,” Siers said.
When he returned to the university, he began doing editorial cartoons for the campus newspaper, the Minnesota Daily. He got to know Steve Sack, political cartoonist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and last year’s Pulitzer winner for editorial cartoons.
“Sack was my mentor,” Siers said. “He’d take me out to lunch and show me grown-up cartoonist tricks.”
Siers has been with the Observer since 1987, said Taylor Batten, editorial page editor, in a phone interview with Poynter. Batten said Siers is a voracious reader who doesn’t just read headlines and throw something together, but he approaches his work with knowledge and background.
“He’s a journalist first and a journalist who expresses his ideas through cartoons,” Batten said. Read more