United Media Lays off Ted Rall

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Chalk up one more wildly talented cartoonist to be victimized by the economy.

"I've been laid off," reads the headline on the blog of cartoonist Ted Rall, president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Rall, an editorial cartoonist for Universal Press Syndicate, has served as editor of acquisitions and development at United Media for the past two years.

"My job was finding new talent -- comic strip artists, columnists and writers of puzzles -- to syndicate to newspapers," Rall writes on his blog. "Considering the circumstances, I enjoyed remarkable success. ... I am proud of what I accomplished."

In that position, Rall helped bring to newspaper pages such strips as Tak Toyoshima's "Secret Asian Man," the first daily comic about Asian-Americans by an Asian-American cartoonist, Keith Knight's "The Knight Life," and Dan Thompson's "Rip Haywire," among others. He recruited Signe Wilkinson to draw "Family Tree," and oversaw the transition of R. Stevens' Web comic "Diesel Sweeties" into daily newspaper version (which has since ended). …