Cartoonist Mike Ramirez ‘Trying to Save the World Incrementally’

Investor’s Business Daily senior editor and editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez (pictured at right), winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning (he also won in 1994), has accepted that his work can’t change people’s minds, but it just might save the world, he told the New York Post‘s Kyle Smith in a recent interview.

“I’m not naive enough to think I’m gonna change people’s minds,” he says, but “editorial cartoons are a lot like advertising. You’re selling an idea. Just like millions are invested in ads because they’re effective I think editorial cartoons can be effective. We’re trying to save the world incrementally.”

Smith notes that the ideas Ramirez is selling may be wrapped up in funny packages, but they’re also “fiercely ideological,” “controversial,” and at times “divisive,” which helps explain why Smith describes Ramirez has having been “fired by the Los Angeles Times, sweated by cops, denounced by politicians, and pursued by the Secret Service.” And then there are the death threats. Click “continued…” for a taste of the cartoons that fueled these (mis)adventures.