Sage Stossel is a long-time contributing editor for The Atlantic, where she also produces cartoons addressing national stories of the moment. Outside of her day job, she draws cartoons about life in Boston and addresses local issues she cares about. "In two cases I was told the cartoons themselves have become instrumental in furthering a cause: Children’s Hospital researchers told me they’ve been sharing my cartoon to attract new autism study participants, and the director of the Comics Festival says he’s been bringing my cartoon to meetings to help convey the value of the event in his effort to secure a larger venue for next year."
"At a time of so much division, and when cartooning often feels like an exercise in outrage over so much that’s wrong, I’m grateful to be able to do local work that brings people together and makes a positive difference."
[Throughout his life, Rex Babin championed those who focused on state and local issues in editorial cartoons, a field that he and other cartoonists felt was regularly overlooked by journalism contests. The "Rex Babin Memorial Award for Excellence in Local Cartooning" was launched in 2017 to celebrate those working in this niche. To that end, we will be showcasing each cartoonist who entered the contest this year, one or two each day in alphabetical order (more or less), leading up to the AAEC Convention in Sacramento, CA, and the announcement of the award winner on Saturday, Sept. 22.]