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Posted at 2:00 PM ET, 03/30/2009

'Black Ink Day': Time for Another Call to Arms

By Michael Cavna

Comic Riffs recently proposed a new "Black Ink Day" -- that is, a single day on which all political cartoonists would use their space to publicize their plight as their ranks thin, as well as to honor their field's rich and glorious history.

Well, if they need any inspiration, they need look no further than this John Sherffius cartoon. (Sherffius draws for the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo.)

(Courtesy Enlarge Comic

Steve Greenberg -- whom 'Riffs interviewed last November when he was laid off by the Ventura (Calif.) County Star -- blogs about the Sherffius cartoon, which name-checks cartoonists who have left their jobs in recent months, whether by layoff or buyout. (Greenberg's own name appears, you'll note.) I, for one, think it's a superb tribute.

Let's hope this gets the Speedball rolling.


Soon to be on our shelf: Tony Carrillo's strip "F Minus" is back with another collection. Publisher Andrews McMeel says the book hits stores (and e-stores) this month. ...

By Michael Cavna  | March 30, 2009; 2:00 PM ET
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Please excuse me while I find a magnifying glass to read the new comics format. Some, such as non-sequitor, with lots of dialog are almost impossible.

Posted by: JCollins1 | March 31, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

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