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Mike Smith
Mike Smith has been the Las Vegas Sun’s editorial cartoonist since 1983. His work, which has appeared in

The New York Times, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post, is nationally syndicated by King Features Syndicate.

Smith came to the Sun after graduating from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in humanities. While there, his work for the campus newspaper earned a first place award from the Chicago Tribune Syndicate’s Campus Cartoon Contest. After seeking out Paul Conrad of The Los Angeles Times for advice, Smith began sending packages of his work to newspapers. At the time the Sun hired him, he was pumping gas by night for National Car Rental at Los Angeles International Airport.

A NASCAR racing buff, Smith also draws a weekly auto-racing cartoon for The Sporting News and is the author of “Nuts for Racing,” a collection of these cartoons.

Smith was the 2011 winner of The Best of The West award for editorial cartooning.

Smith, 53, grew up in San Francisco, the son of a lawyer and a psychiatric nurse. He is married with two young adult daughters.

Entries by Mike Smith

Obamacare Is Working

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 5:08 PM


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Hamas' Human Shields

(2) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 10:46 AM


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All Hillary, All the Time

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 8:46 AM


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Terrorists Scared of School Girls

(5) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 10:36 AM


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The Art of George W. Bush

(10) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 4:53 PM


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Christie's Jersey Shore

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 8:37 AM


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Sochi and Justin Bieber

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 9:04 AM


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Christie Is an Amateur

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 12:25 PM

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Obama's NSA

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 10:33 AM


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Christie's Traffic Jam

(2) Comments | Posted January 12, 2014 | 4:01 PM


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Resolutions From Congress

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 11:35 AM


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Republican's Newest Frustration With Obamacare

(43) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 9:21 AM


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Cheney Feud

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 9:01 AM


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The Typhoon and Global Warming

(1) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 12:01 PM

Drawing editorial cartoons about natural disasters and human tragedies are the hardest ideas to formulate and execute. The task is to create a clear and concise point that won't be misinterpreted as offensive while avoiding the clichés and shopworn images that we often see in cartoons about unfortunate events. When...

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New Territory for the NSA

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 12:57 PM


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Ted Cruz's Failure

(6) Comments | Posted October 20, 2013 | 8:33 PM

When we head to the polls to vote we usually cast our ballots for the candidate that we think serves our interests best. But self-interest can take on a whole different meaning when the voter in that booth is a cartoonist. What is the self-interest of a cartoonist? Is it...

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Democracy's Biggest Threat

(3) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 9:08 AM

Face it, you're worried about all of your tweets, texts and Facebook posts that the NSA may have stored in the deep, dark recesses of a computer bank. You may have even rationalized that these invasions of privacy are necessary to protect us from the threats waiting to wreak havoc...

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Congressional Zoo

(1) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 1:23 PM

Congress is the gift that keeps on giving. For an editorial cartoonist, the inactivity of Capitol Hill is the perfect opportunity to swing into action. But the challenge is to come up with a joke about something that is, by its nature, a joke. Fortunately, every day brings a new...

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