Award-winning artist Gary Varvel to create cartoons for IBJ

IBJ will begin featuring editorial cartoons from award-winning cartoonist Gary Varvel, starting with the April 12 issue.

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Varvel will contribute a cartoon twice a month to IBJ’s op-ed pages. He joins Shane Johnson, who has been an IBJ editorial cartoonist for seven years and will continue as a regular cartoonist for the publication.

Varvel accepted an early-retirement offer from The Indianapolis Star in December, ending a 24-year career with the newspaper during which he won numerous national prizes, including the National Headliners Award, Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award, and the Grambs Aronson Award.

Varvel’s work is syndicated nationally through Creators Syndicate. His cartoons have appeared in Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post and other publications.

“We are thrilled to begin regularly featuring Gary Varvel’s conservative take on local and national news in IBJ,” Editor Greg Andrews said. “He’s established himself as one of the leading editorial cartoonists in the nation.”

Varvel’s cartoons also will be featured regularly in IBJ’s Forefront supplement, which focuses on politics and public policy and publishes twice a month. In addition, Varvel will write a monthly column for Forefront.

"I have always respected IBJ for its excellent journalism and I'm honored to be a small part of its great opinion section, Forefront," he said.

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