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Ten Minutes With Matt Davies

Pulitzer Prize Winning cartoonist



Matt Davies has won the Pulitzer Prize and his editorial cartoons have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek, Time, and Mad. Currently drawing for Tribune Media Services and The Hearst Newspaper Group, the London-born artist moved to Westport in 1983, but now calls Wilton home. Davies’ first children’s book, Ben Rides On, debuts this spring.

So how did you get involved in editorial cartooning?
I planned to study English Lit and creative writing, but decided to take a year, and go to art school at Savannah College of Art and Design. The South, especially then, was bizarre politically—not in your face, but occasionally something flared, especially racial issues. My political sense of right and wrong switched on. I started getting published—the Village Voice, the Norwalk Hour. Gannett Newspapers, including USA Today, hired me after a year of freelancing.

Not everyone agrees with you…
Early on, a right winger objected to a cartoon and called me. He was much more informed than I, much better at arguing. Until then, I’d never encountered a real right winger, only people who agreed with me. I learned—never weigh in on anything without knowing both sides. Listen to conservatives and liberals, and consider both. You might think, ‘They hate me’, but feedback helps you grow thick-skinned, and you can learn from it. It’s really a two-way conversation.

Who’s fun to draw?
W., Bill and Hillary Clinton, Obama. And Mitt Romney—he’s so Ken doll-ish. Cartoonists want the most hideous, out-there politicians. I think our country would fall apart with a President Cheney, but he would be cartooning’s future. Rick Perry—great looking, slightly crazy. Anyone crazy enough to run for President. It’s why cartooning was invented.

What is Ben Rides On about?
The story confronts bullying without trying too hard to make a point. Ben must decide whether to save his tormentor. Ben looks exactly like me as a kid. I thought long and hard about whether the character should be a girl or a minority, but I didn’t want to push an agenda. I decided, “First book—do what I know.” It’s semi-autobiographical—fantasy, but the essence is very real.

Your wife is from Westport, but you moved to Wilton.
We wanted a barn, something rural, but not too far away from anything. Wilton may as well be 100 miles from Westport. It feels like Westport used to—small town, but also cosmopolitan-ish. I’ve met many creative people here. I don’t wear a tie or look professional. Joey Pants once came over to me and an illustrator friend at Starbucks and asked, “What are you guys, filmmakers?” He sat right down. I love that about Wilton. It also has better schools, balancing insane, rigid teaching-to-the-test with vital creative areas like music and art. We came for the schools, but stayed for the beer, now that we can buy it here.      

 

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April 2015

Visit Influence and Evolution: Fiber Sculpture... then and now at browngrotta arts' 1895 barn in Wilton CT this spring.  The exhibition and catalog will feature works by pioneers...

Where:
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13 Oenoke Ridge
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Saturday, April 25 through Tuesday, April 28 Wilton Library’s Annual Gigantic Book Sale Saturday, April 25: 7 – 9 a.m. Early Buyers with $15 admissions fee, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. free...

Cost: free

Where:
Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road
Wilton, CT  06897
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Greenwich Avenue will be adorned in pink this Spring as hundreds of supporters celebrate the Breast Cancer Alliance’s  annual Walk for Hope. Dedicated to those whose lives...

Cost: $20

Where:
Richards of Greenwich
359 Greenwich Avenue
Greenwich, CT
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Sponsor: Breast Cancer Alliance
Telephone: (203) 861-0014
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Showcasing the artistic achievements of the Silvermine School of Art students of all ages.   Opening Reception: April 12, 2-4pm Awards Ceremony: 3pm

Where:
Silvermine Art Center
1037 Silvermine Road
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Telephone: 203.966.9700
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Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition David Burdeny: Wanderlust, on view from April 18th through May 30th.  This is Burdeny’s first solo exhibition at...

Cost: Free

Where:
Heather Gaudio Fine Art
21 South Avenue
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Sponsor: Heather Gaudio Fine Art
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New Canaan, CT  06840
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Cost: free

Where:
Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road
Wilton, CT  06897
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Telephone: 203-762-3950, x213
Website »

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A new exhibition of paintings at the New Canaan Historical Society titled:  In Our Own Backyard – Augustus Smith and Richard Daggy. Augustus Smith (A. S.) Daggy (1858-1942) and...

Cost: $5.00 Admission

Where:
New Canaan Historical Society
13 Oenoke Ridge
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Telephone: 203.966.1776
Website »

More information

Visit Influence and Evolution: Fiber Sculpture... then and now at browngrotta arts' 1895 barn in Wilton CT this spring.  The exhibition and catalog will feature works by pioneers...

Where:
browngrotta arts
276 Ridgefield Road
Wilton, LA  06897
View map »


Telephone: 203.834.0623
Website »

More information

Showcasing the artistic achievements of the Silvermine School of Art students of all ages.   Opening Reception: April 12, 2-4pm Awards Ceremony: 3pm

Where:
Silvermine Art Center
1037 Silvermine Road
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Telephone: 203.966.9700
Website »

More information

Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition David Burdeny: Wanderlust, on view from April 18th through May 30th.  This is Burdeny’s first solo exhibition at...

Cost: Free

Where:
Heather Gaudio Fine Art
21 South Avenue
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Sponsor: Heather Gaudio Fine Art
Telephone: (203)801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
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JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR: a rock opera. Take an emotional journey through the final days of Jesus Christ in this powerful rock opera. This stirring musical chronicles Jesus’ meteor-like...

Where:
Curtain Call Inc.
1349 Newfield Avenue
Stamford , CT  06905
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Showcasing the artistic achievements of the Silvermine School of Art students of all ages.    

Where:
Silvermine Art Center
1037 Silvermine Road
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Telephone: 203.966.9700
Website »

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Visit Influence and Evolution: Fiber Sculpture... then and now at browngrotta arts' 1895 barn in Wilton CT this spring.  The exhibition and catalog will feature works by pioneers...

Where:
browngrotta arts
276 Ridgefield Road
Wilton, LA  06897
View map »


Telephone: 203.834.0623
Website »

More information

A new exhibition of paintings at the New Canaan Historical Society titled:  In Our Own Backyard – Augustus Smith and Richard Daggy. Augustus Smith (A. S.) Daggy (1858-1942) and...

Cost: $5.00 Admission

Where:
New Canaan Historical Society
13 Oenoke Ridge
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Telephone: 203.966.1776
Website »

More information

Saturday, April 25 through Tuesday, April 28 Wilton Library’s Annual Gigantic Book Sale Saturday, April 25: 7 – 9 a.m. Early Buyers with $15 admissions fee, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. free...

Cost: free

Where:
Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road
Wilton, CT  06897
View map »


Telephone: 203-762-3950, x213
Website »

More information

Showcasing the artistic achievements of the Silvermine School of Art students of all ages.   Opening Reception: April 12, 2-4pm Awards Ceremony: 3pm

Where:
Silvermine Art Center
1037 Silvermine Road
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Telephone: 203.966.9700
Website »

More information

Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition David Burdeny: Wanderlust, on view from April 18th through May 30th.  This is Burdeny’s first solo exhibition at...

Cost: Free

Where:
Heather Gaudio Fine Art
21 South Avenue
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Sponsor: Heather Gaudio Fine Art
Telephone: (203)801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
Website »

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JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR: a rock opera. Take an emotional journey through the final days of Jesus Christ in this powerful rock opera. This stirring musical chronicles Jesus’ meteor-like...

Where:
Curtain Call Inc.
1349 Newfield Avenue
Stamford , CT  06905
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More information

Showcasing the artistic achievements of the Silvermine School of Art students of all ages.    

Where:
Silvermine Art Center
1037 Silvermine Road
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Telephone: 203.966.9700
Website »

More information

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A new exhibition of paintings at the New Canaan Historical Society titled:  In Our Own Backyard – Augustus Smith and Richard Daggy. Augustus Smith (A. S.) Daggy (1858-1942) and...

Cost: $5.00 Admission

Where:
New Canaan Historical Society
13 Oenoke Ridge
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Telephone: 203.966.1776
Website »

More information

Visit Influence and Evolution: Fiber Sculpture... then and now at browngrotta arts' 1895 barn in Wilton CT this spring.  The exhibition and catalog will feature works by pioneers...

Where:
browngrotta arts
276 Ridgefield Road
Wilton, LA  06897
View map »


Telephone: 203.834.0623
Website »

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Cost: $50 members/ $55 non-members. Registration is required.

Where:
Silvermine Art Center
1037 Silvermine Road
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Telephone: 203.966.9700
Website »

More information

Showcasing the artistic achievements of the Silvermine School of Art students of all ages.   Opening Reception: April 12, 2-4pm Awards Ceremony: 3pm

Where:
Silvermine Art Center
1037 Silvermine Road
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Telephone: 203.966.9700
Website »

More information

Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition David Burdeny: Wanderlust, on view from April 18th through May 30th.  This is Burdeny’s first solo exhibition at...

Cost: Free

Where:
Heather Gaudio Fine Art
21 South Avenue
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Sponsor: Heather Gaudio Fine Art
Telephone: (203)801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
Website »

More information

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR: a rock opera. Take an emotional journey through the final days of Jesus Christ in this powerful rock opera. This stirring musical chronicles Jesus’ meteor-like...

Where:
Curtain Call Inc.
1349 Newfield Avenue
Stamford , CT  06905
View map »

More information

Showcasing the artistic achievements of the Silvermine School of Art students of all ages.    

Where:
Silvermine Art Center
1037 Silvermine Road
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Telephone: 203.966.9700
Website »

More information

Show More...
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Visit Influence and Evolution: Fiber Sculpture... then and now at browngrotta arts' 1895 barn in Wilton CT this spring.  The exhibition and catalog will feature works by pioneers...

Where:
browngrotta arts
276 Ridgefield Road
Wilton, LA  06897
View map »


Telephone: 203.834.0623
Website »

More information

A new exhibition of paintings at the New Canaan Historical Society titled:  In Our Own Backyard – Augustus Smith and Richard Daggy. Augustus Smith (A. S.) Daggy (1858-1942) and...

Cost: $5.00 Admission

Where:
New Canaan Historical Society
13 Oenoke Ridge
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Telephone: 203.966.1776
Website »

More information

Showcasing the artistic achievements of the Silvermine School of Art students of all ages.   Opening Reception: April 12, 2-4pm Awards Ceremony: 3pm

Where:
Silvermine Art Center
1037 Silvermine Road
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Telephone: 203.966.9700
Website »

More information

Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition David Burdeny: Wanderlust, on view from April 18th through May 30th.  This is Burdeny’s first solo exhibition at...

Cost: Free

Where:
Heather Gaudio Fine Art
21 South Avenue
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Sponsor: Heather Gaudio Fine Art
Telephone: (203)801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
Website »

More information

Showcasing the artistic achievements of the Silvermine School of Art students of all ages.    

Where:
Silvermine Art Center
1037 Silvermine Road
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Telephone: 203.966.9700
Website »

More information

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR: a rock opera. Take an emotional journey through the final days of Jesus Christ in this powerful rock opera. This stirring musical chronicles Jesus’ meteor-like...

Where:
Curtain Call Inc.
1349 Newfield Avenue
Stamford , CT  06905
View map »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Visit Influence and Evolution: Fiber Sculpture... then and now at browngrotta arts' 1895 barn in Wilton CT this spring.  The exhibition and catalog will feature works by pioneers...

Where:
browngrotta arts
276 Ridgefield Road
Wilton, LA  06897
View map »


Telephone: 203.834.0623
Website »

More information

A new exhibition of paintings at the New Canaan Historical Society titled:  In Our Own Backyard – Augustus Smith and Richard Daggy. Augustus Smith (A. S.) Daggy (1858-1942) and...

Cost: $5.00 Admission

Where:
New Canaan Historical Society
13 Oenoke Ridge
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Telephone: 203.966.1776
Website »

More information

Showcasing the artistic achievements of the Silvermine School of Art students of all ages.   Opening Reception: April 12, 2-4pm Awards Ceremony: 3pm

Where:
Silvermine Art Center
1037 Silvermine Road
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Telephone: 203.966.9700
Website »

More information

Friday, May 1 Beyond Words Derby Style, 7 pm – 11 pm.  It's off to the races on May 1 as Wilton Library's annual spring benefit, Beyond Words, goes Derby Style. Guests will enjoy...

Cost: Tickets start at $175

Where:
Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road
Wilton, CT  06897
View map »


Telephone: 203-762-3950, x213
Website »

More information

Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition David Burdeny: Wanderlust, on view from April 18th through May 30th.  This is Burdeny’s first solo exhibition at...

Cost: Free

Where:
Heather Gaudio Fine Art
21 South Avenue
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Sponsor: Heather Gaudio Fine Art
Telephone: (203)801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
Website »

More information

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR: a rock opera. Take an emotional journey through the final days of Jesus Christ in this powerful rock opera. This stirring musical chronicles Jesus’ meteor-like...

Where:
Curtain Call Inc.
1349 Newfield Avenue
Stamford , CT  06905
View map »

More information

Showcasing the artistic achievements of the Silvermine School of Art students of all ages.    

Where:
Silvermine Art Center
1037 Silvermine Road
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Telephone: 203.966.9700
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Visit Influence and Evolution: Fiber Sculpture... then and now at browngrotta arts' 1895 barn in Wilton CT this spring.  The exhibition and catalog will feature works by pioneers...

Where:
browngrotta arts
276 Ridgefield Road
Wilton, LA  06897
View map »


Telephone: 203.834.0623
Website »

More information

A new exhibition of paintings at the New Canaan Historical Society titled:  In Our Own Backyard – Augustus Smith and Richard Daggy. Augustus Smith (A. S.) Daggy (1858-1942) and...

Cost: $5.00 Admission

Where:
New Canaan Historical Society
13 Oenoke Ridge
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Telephone: 203.966.1776
Website »

More information

The Fairfield County Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of  America will present a series of free workshops at the Wilton Historical Society on three Saturdays in May;  May 2, 9 and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilton Historical Society
224 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT  06897
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Sponsor: Christine Dartley Memorial Fund
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Showcasing the artistic achievements of the Silvermine School of Art students of all ages.   Opening Reception: April 12, 2-4pm Awards Ceremony: 3pm

Where:
Silvermine Art Center
1037 Silvermine Road
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Telephone: 203.966.9700
Website »

More information

Heather Gaudio Fine Art is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition David Burdeny: Wanderlust, on view from April 18th through May 30th.  This is Burdeny’s first solo exhibition at...

Cost: Free

Where:
Heather Gaudio Fine Art
21 South Avenue
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Sponsor: Heather Gaudio Fine Art
Telephone: (203)801-9590
Contact Name: Rachael Palacios
Website »

More information

Showcasing the artistic achievements of the Silvermine School of Art students of all ages.    

Where:
Silvermine Art Center
1037 Silvermine Road
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Telephone: 203.966.9700
Website »

More information

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR: a rock opera. Take an emotional journey through the final days of Jesus Christ in this powerful rock opera. This stirring musical chronicles Jesus’ meteor-like...

Where:
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