I had it finished on Monday except for three or four names that hadn’t been announced. My editors liked the cartoon but in looking at it they realized that many of the Latino names had been shortened. Many Latinos have three names and I was taking off the middle names. My editors told me I needed all three names in there so I had to go back and Wite-Out the names and rewrite them so I had three names.
Three copy editors each took a different letter and went through the names to make sure they were correct.
At the time, we had a publisher who was very pro-Iraq war, totally opposite to me. It was great because he saw the drawing and said, ‘let’s make sure this will work.’ So I accompanied him to the printing press and he ran off some sample prints just to make sure that all the names would be legible.
View the video to hear more about the cartoon created the year Luckovich won one of his two Pulitzer Prizes for editorial cartoons.