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MADISON (WKOW) -- At some point in your life you've read a political cartoon and probably even laughed.

Two of the men behind those cartoons were on Wake Up Wisconsin Friday morning. Phil Hands works for the Wisconsin State Journal and Scott Stantis is with the Chicago Tribune. Stantis spent his junior high and high school years in Madison and is speaking to high school students Friday at his alma mater, West High School.

While journalists for a news station or newspaper have to remain unbiased, editorial cartoonists can take a stance on a political issue, and their political leanings are usually well-known.

Recently, Hands has tackled local and state stories like the Capitol protesters, the Native American mascot issue, the 2014 Governor's race, and healthcare. Stantis has been with the Tribune since 2009 covering stories and issues out of Chicago as well as state and national topics.

Hands shares his talent with Madison students. He's come up with a simple way to teach them to draw President Barack Obama with just a few shapes. He taught news anchor Dani Maxwell. Check out their photos in our slideshow.

Both Hands and Stantis created cartoon versions of Brian Olson, Dani Maxwell, and Lindsay Veremis during their interviews. Click on the slideshow to see those, and watch the video for more on their unusual profession.

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