Memphis Political Cartoonist Bill Day Is Laid Off
BILL DAY, veteran political cartoonist at the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, tells Comic Riffs that he has just been let go by the newspaper as part of more than a dozen layoffs announced by the paper there today.
"It was a terrible shock. I don't know what I'm going to do," says Day, reached by phone while packing up his personal belongings in the newsroom. "I've got a family to support and my 401(k) is shot and I might lose my house. I'm a total wreck right now. I'm at a total loss of even what to think."
Last year, the Commercial Appeal management reportedly laid off 9 percent of its workforce as part of a larger effort to cut costs; earlier this year, management took pay cuts of as much as 15 percent.
Day, 61, won the National Cartoonists Society's editiorial cartooning award in 1996. He says he will continue his syndicated cartoons for United Media.
TOMORROW: Comic Riffs will have an extended interview with Day.
| March 18, 2009; 5:45 PM ET
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