Universal Uclick Celebrates Ted Rall 20th Anniversary
Kansas City, MO (August 4th, 2016) – Universal Uclick is celebrating 20 years with the firebrand editorial cartoonist Ted Rall, a two-time winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist.
For over two decades, Ted Rall has provoked both outrage and thought with his biting political commentary, unforgettable illustrations, and acerbic wit. While Rall prides himself on being an “equal opportunity offender,” lampooning Republicans and Democrats alike, he captured the public’s attention with scathing satire during the post-9/11 Bush years. When recently asked to reflect on his career, Rall remarked:
“I don't know how many other political cartoonists have their own ‘controversies’ section on Wikipedia. I can tell you that controversy isn't something that I seek out. My thing is, I call things as I see them and I don't really care what happens as a result. You can't have an opinion without making someone mad. And if you don't have a strong opinion, you probably don't have much of an opinion at all. So the way I look at it is, go for it.”
Ted Rall isn’t known only for his iconoclastic, irreverent editorial cartoons; he’s traveled the globe, done war correspondence in Afghanistan and Pakistan, ventured into the graphic novel business, and authored numerous books. Just when Rall thought he might start to take it easy, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and 2016 election fell into his lap. Rall said, “So the adventure continues. I'm 53 years old, almost, and life and this career is every bit as thrilling as it was 20 years ago. And I'm still just as thrilled to be with Universal.”
About the Creator
Ted Rall was born in Cambridge, Mass. in 1963 and raised in Kettering, Ohio, where his first cartoons were published in the Kettering-Oakwood Times. He majored in physics at Columbia University, where he drew cartoons for the Columbia Daily Spectator, Barnard Bulletin, and The Jester humor magazine–until he was expelled in 1984 for academic and disciplinary reasons.
Inspired after meeting pop artist Keith Haring in a Manhattan subway station in 1986, Rall began posting his cartoons on New York City streets. He eventually picked up 12 small clients, including NY Weekly and a poetry review in Halifax, Nova Scotia, through self-syndication. In 1990, Rall's cartoons were signed for national syndication by San Francisco Chronicle Features, and he moved to Universal Press Syndicate in 1996.
A past president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, Rall is a two-time winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He currently lives in New York.
About Universal Uclick
Universal Uclick is the largest independent content syndicate in the world and a leading digital entertainment provider of humor, comic strips, political cartoons and other content for print, Web and mobile devices. Universal Uclick provides editorial development, licensing and other distribution services for iconic brands such as Doonesbury, Dear Abby, Calvin and Hobbes, Dilbert, Pearls Before Swine, and Big Nate. For more information on Universal Uclick, visit UniversalUclick.com or follow @UniversalUclick on Twitter.
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