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Original cartoons by Pulitzer Prize winners and other noted artists from across North America poked some lighthearted fun at California on topics such as the gubernatorial recall, the power crisis, and our movie star governors. From Gary Trudeau to Pat Oliphant —and including Sacramento’s own Rex Babin— everyone can find something to admire —or criticize— in the Golden State.

These mostly pen-and-ink drawings represented a long tradition of humor. In a section of historical cartoons, visitors could see how the satirical eye of the editorial cartoonist has focused on California again and again over the past century.

The exhibit was presented in partnership with the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists and the Sacramento Bee.