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Given the jocular nature of our feature story on the
Nursing's funny man, Professor Ron Berk ("
Who Says Statistics Can't Keep You in Stiches?"), we wanted
accompanying art that didn't take itself too seriously. So we
turned to editorial cartoonist Mike Lane. |
Lane has been on the editorial staff of the Baltimore Sun (and before that, The Evening Sun) for 25 years. A member of the Creator's Syndicate, his work has also appeared in a wide variety of national magazines and newspapers, including Newsweek, Time, and The New York Times.
"The trick with cartooning," says Lane, "is to make it look easy--off the cuff. I wish it were that way. It's not as easy as it sounds."
Each morning, Lane goes in to his desk at the Sun and works up ideas for editorial cartoons on three different subjects; by noon he submits "roughs" to the editorial page editor, who decides which one of the three ideas will appear in print the next day.
As we hoped, Lane had fun illustrating our story on Berk; given the professor's proclivity toward game shows like Jeopardy!, capturing him in cariacature, Lane says, was like hitting a "slowpitch softball."
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