The First Thurber Prize for American Cartoon Art

Celebrating the art of cartooning

Liza Donnelly
6 min readJun 1, 2024
James Thurber self portrait

Yesterday, the annual Thurber Prize for American Humor Awards ceremony was held in Columbus Ohio. The literary prize has been around since 1997 and has recognized such great humor writers as Ian Frazier, Annabelle Gurwich, Mike Birbiglia, Trevor Noah, David Letterman, Dave Barry and many more. New Yorker writer and cartoonist James Thurber was born in Columbus.

Last year, Michael and I were instrumental in helping to establish the Thurber Prize for American Cartoon Art, partnering with Thurber House to pay tribute to the wonderful cartoons by James Thurber and celebrate the tradition of single panel cartoons.

This year, we are thrilled to announce that the Cartoon Art Prize was given to the wonderful Roz Chast! Michael and I were honored to be the ones who handed out the award to her, after which she delivered a very funny acceptance speech and thank you.

The prize goes to someone who, like James Thurber, has shared her world view with unique drawings and masterfully written words. And tons of humor. Congrats, Roz!!

Roz Chast