Daily Archives: January 7, 2009

The cartoonist

From the Red and Black, 1.9.08

From the Red and Black, 1.8.09

Most journalists stopped using paper twenty years ago.  A few still do.  This one, for instance, produces material with paper and ink for a college newspaper that still delivers print copies to students at the University of Georgia.  He would be the first to admit that the future of his medium is imperiled.  He just turned 23.

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Let me be the first to admit this post lacks our usual critical detachment.

Bill’s material began appearing in print, and on the Red and Black’s website four years ago.  He’s frequently been brutalized by commenters.  It’s provided some rough lessons on the perils of subjecting one’s material to the blogosphere.

The job market for editorial cartoonists is even rougher.  The LA Times and Chicago Tribune no longer employ editorial cartoonists.  Pulitzer Prize winners have had to toil in locales like Tulsa and Chattanooga.  Editorial cartoonist positions are more rare than TV anchor jobs.

Just so happens, this one can be had at a reasonable price…