Outlier came close

Dan Perkins, whose Tom Tomorrow cartoons appear on our editorial page each edition, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist this year.

The Pulitzer committee said Perkins' cartoons “create an alternate universe—an America frozen in time whose chorus of conventional wisdom is at odds with current reality.”

The award was given to Buffalo News cartoonist Adam Zyglis.

Washington Post writer Michael Cavna wrote that “perhaps no first-time Pulitzer finalist has ever been more of an outlier than Dan Perkins. … Not only did Perkins's work appear mostly in alt-weekly papers most of those years, but his format is as a text-heavy, multi-panel feature—far from the single-image format that the Pulitzer jurors generally favor.”

Perkins is a two-time recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Journalism.