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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/14/2009

A Landscape Lacking in Political Cartoonists...

By Michael Cavna

Greetings, Cartoon Nation...

So the San Francisco Chronicle's Tom Meyer -- for decades a Bay Area morning must-read -- is the latest political cartoonist to lose his journalistic perch.

This change comes while the losses are still fresh in Richmond (Gary Brookins) and South Carolina (Robert Ariail). Comic Riffs has mulled the question often: When will the bleeding stop? Well, Daryl Cagle writes that he thinks this "McDonaldsization" of editorial cartooning -- fewer choices of cartoonists who will serve the masses -- might lead to only about a dozen staff cartoonists being left standing once the dust settles.

So the question of the day is: What do you think of this possible scenario -- a dozen widely syndicated political cartoonists serving most of the country? Have an opinion? Fire away.

By Michael Cavna  | April 14, 2009; 12:00 PM ET
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as one who is not one of the dozen or so lucky enough to have a staff job. . . I think this shift will open up a lot more opportunities for guys like me who draw for small-market local papers to step in and generate a marketable option to the pre-packaged sameness offered by the syndicates. Folks can get the same opinion/news type toons from watching the evening news. Local papers will go with local artists who can reach their target audience in a more personalized way.

Posted by: blasters | April 14, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

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