Red and Dead (Courtesy of Red and Dead online)
(WXIA) -- For most of his college career, Mack Williams was the editorial cartoonist for the Red & Black, the University of Georgia's student newspaper.
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He remembers when he became responsible for creating five cartoons a week.
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"I was terrified by that," he says via skype from his New York City apartment.
"I wasn't even sure I could do it, but I thought what the heck, I could at least try, and if I fail at least I tried."
Williams would go on to have a prolific career from 1999 to 2003, creating more than 500 cartoons during his years at UGA.
He was a college student when the terrorist attacks happened on September 11th,2001. His cartoons documented the change in the world, as seen through the eyes of college students.
He took equal potshots -- at University leaders, and world leaders. Williams' cartoons were approved by fellow students, and yes, he says he fell on his face plenty, that he learned what didn't work, the hard way.
"And it(the cartoon) runs in the paper and you find out why you shouldn't have done that or written that or you find out yes, there was a really great reaction to this, people liked it."
Williams, now an animator in New York, felt that was the beauty of a less than perfect paper. It allowed students to learn from their mistakes, and each other.
"I feel like if it's just professional journalists overseeing the newspaper, you might as well read the (Athens)Banner Herald or something. If it's not coming from your fellow students, then I don't really get the point of a student newspaper."