Award-winning editorial cartoonist for The Indianapolis Star, Gary Varvel draws passions from both sides of the political spectrum. "Editorial cartoons must have a message. They should make people think," Varvel says. "Therefore, a cartoonist must have a philosophical foundation to support his point of view." Varvel's work is nationally syndicated through Creators Syndicate and has been printed in Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Washington Times, National Review, Sports Illustrated and has been featured on CNN and Fox News. Varvel has won numerous cartooning awards in Indiana including the Society of Professional Journalists' Award for Best Editorial Cartoon, and the Hoosier State Press Association Award for Best Editorial Cartoonist. In 2005, Varvel placed second behind pulitzer prize-winning cartoonist, Jim Borgman in the "Best of Gannett" award for Best Editorial Cartoonist within the Gannett newspaper chain. Varvel received his art training at John Herron School of Art, which is part of Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis.