The Cartooning Cause That's Fit to Print
Okay, here's an idea:
As newspaper cartoonists look around their table and see the newsroom herds thinning, or the moving trucks pulling up, or the security guard hovering as colleagues pack up their things, maybe it's time for a single, strong coordinated act.
To celebrate the glorious, historic field that is newspaper cartooning -- and to mourn its current endangered state -- what if all cartoonists who (still) appear in newspapers picked a single day to honor their chosen field and its vital role in a free democracy?
That's right: Every editorial cartoonist still standing would participate. Make the most visual stand possible.
A particular reason to do this with urgency is because, as I've written recently, editorial cartoonists seem to be going down at nearly a weekly rate.
From layoffs to buyouts to "hold your nose" resignations, the names of the ousted in recent months reportedly include these 16 artists (and this is merely a representative list. There are also freelancers, part-timers, occasional contributors, honest-to-goodness retirees and numerous others--feel free to name-check them in the Comments field):
Robert Ariail (The State)
Chip Bok (Akron Beacon Journal)
Jim Borgman (Cincinnati Enquirer)
Richard Crowson (Wichita Eagle)
Bill Day (Commercial Appeal [Memphis])
Eric Devericks (Seattle Times)
Brian Duffy (Des Moines Register)
Peter Dunlap-Shohl (Anchorage Daily News)
Bill Garner (Washington Times)
Steve Greenberg (Ventura County Star)
Lee Judge (Kansas City Star)
Drew Litton (Rocky Mountain News)
Patrick O'Connor (L.A. Daily News)
Ben Sargent (Austin American Statesman)
Ed Stein (Rocky Mountain News)
Rob Tornoe (Politicker.com)
What say you, political cartoonists? Time to come together for a truly worthy cause: Each other. While the lights in your cubicle or office are still on.
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