FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Event/Date: Milt Priggee, Nationally Syndicated Political Cartoonist comes to the Palouse Sept. 18
The community is invited to hear nationally syndicated political cartoonist Milt Priggee during two free presentations on Thursday September 18 at noon in Colfax and at 5:30 p.m. in Pullman. Priggee’s presentations are part of the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau in partnership with local libraries.
The noon appearance at the United Methodist Church in Colfax is sponsored by Whitman County Library and Colfax Rotary. While the presentation is free, guests can call ahead to pre-order a catered lunch for $10 at 509-397-4366.
The 5:30 presentation will be held in the Hecht Meeting room at Neill Public Library. More information can be obtained by calling 509-338-3252.
Priggee’s presentation called Political Cartooning; Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow features the stories behind the cartoons and explores cartooning as a powerful political medium. Priggee says, “Political imagery can touch the heart, coalesce the truth and make people think. It can make a difference in the life of a person and a country.”
Milt Priggee has been a professional political cartoonist since 1976, including several years at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane. He’ll explain the “who, what, where, when, why and how” of political commentary as it evolves from print to digital-media platforms. The discussion will then turn to some of Priggee’s own cartoons, including some which were rejected from publication, and explore the stories behind the art and the importance of political cartooning as a medium.
Milt Priggee was born in Alaska, grew up in Chicago, graduated from college in Colorado, was a journalism fellow at University of Michigan and has drawn local newspaper cartoons in twelve different states. His nationally syndicated cartoons, caricatures, comic strips and illustrations have appeared in newspapers, magazines, books, websites, album covers, shirts and even wine bottles. A past president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, Priggee’s cartoon commentary has generated hate mail, awards, death threats, libel lawsuits and many heated discussions. Priggee currently lives in Oak Harbor and previously resided in Spokane.