Rome News-Tribune editorial cartoonist Mike Lester has been named a finalist in two divisions of the National Cartoonists Society Awards.
He is a finalist in the editorial cartoonist and book illustrations categories.
Im honored to be nominated. Im the only person nominated in two categories, so thats pretty cool, said Lester. This is a pretty heady group that honors people from the movies to the comics pages. So its not just people with pencils and paintbrushes. The movies Over the Hedge and Open Season are nominated. So it covers a broad range of cartoonists.
Lesters editorial cartoons appear on the Opinion page of the Rome News-Tribune, and he is syndicated by Cagle Cartoons.
His 93 in My Family is nominated as a book illustration.
In the past three years, Lester has won two first-place and a second-place award for best original editorial cartoon from the National Newspaper Association.
He has been the editorial cartoonist for the Rome News-Tribune since 2002. His prior newspaper credentials include five years with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
For more than 20 years, Lester has created images and illustrations for ad campaigns of major corporations as well as illustrating for national magazines, writing and illustrating childrens books, and games, gifts and licensed products.
His animated cartoons for Celebrex garnered best advertising award in 2004 from the National Cartoonists Society.
This years NCS winners will be named May 26 in Orlando.