Jim Berry’s work is simply, elegant and funny. As a cartoonist he has had a great influence on my work and I am honored to wish him a happy birthday today and bring his story and biography to you.
Berry’s World, which was one of America’s most widely syndicated editorial cartoons, was distributed six times each week by the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA). Jim Berry joined NEA’s editorial art department in 1961 and began Berry’s World in 1963. Berry retired on January 1, 2003.
Berry is a five-time winner of National Cartoonists Society awards, including two in 1973 for “Best Special Feature.” In 1967, the National Headliners Club awarded him with their award for “Consistently Outstanding Editorial Cartoons.”
Berry was selected by his alma mater, Ohio Wesleyan, to receive the 1995 distinguished Achievement Citation, presented to graduates of the institution for professional accomplishment. In 1992 Berry was chosen by Ohio Wesleyan as one of 24 outstanding alumni. The school’s fine arts department chose Berry, a 1955 graduate, as its Sesquicentennial Alumnus. Berry was also honored in 1975 by Ohio Wesleyan as a Distinguished Alumnus.
“I try to keep my style and my approach fresh by pushing myself to new boundaries, such as using symbolism and doing cartoons without words,” Berry says. “My style has changed over the years, but I’m always big on simplicity, which keeps it a challenge to get the idea across in a nugget.”
Source: The Association of American Editorial Cartoonist