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After six months, more than 25 entries, five finalists and nearly 2,000 votes Lambda Legal has announced Greg Fox as the winner of the “Life Without Fair Courts” cartoon contest. The contest, co-sponsored by Prism Comics and The Advocate, asked artists to illustrate what their life would look like without fair courts to help people understand how crucial the courts are to our democracy.
When Fox submitted his cartoon, “4 Reasons for Gays to Be Grateful,” he admitted that he never intended to be a political cartoonist. He started drawing at age 12 and was initially inspired by the superheroes he saw in comics. Everything changed once he became a full-time cartoonist and began hearing all of the homophobic discussions on talk radio while he worked from home. “You might say my entry in this contest was a response to all of that antigay rhetoric I’ve been subjected to,” Fox offered. “A way for me to stand up for other LGBT people in a humorous fashion.”
Second place winner Ted Rall, creator of “Explaining the Supreme Court,” was named “the most controversial cartoonist in America” by Cartoon.com. Rall has said that he was inspired to create his comic strip because “instances of judicial unfairness and bias have made such a negative impact on our society that they demand outrage and ridicule.” Third place winner Matt Bors, creator of “Future Courtroom Landmarks,” wanted to highlight the importance of an impartial judiciary. “Not having fair courts,” says Bors, “could spell doom for much of the progress we’ve made in the last 50 years.”