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Cagle Discusses Editorial Cartoon Animation and More

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Cagle Discusses Editorial Cartoon Animation and More

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Daryl Cagle -- the editorial cartoonist who also runs the Cagle.MSNBC.com Web site and the Cagle Cartoons syndicate -- has some interesting things to say about newspapers, the Internet, and Web animation in a new blog post.

He wrote: "The newspaper 'group-think' solution is to move onto the Internet to reclaim advertising dollars -- but the money on the web is flowing to the search engines (mostly to Google) where topical ads are displayed with search results. Ads accompanying original content on the Web still pay poorly. ..."

The former National Cartoonists Society president continued: "Reporters, columnists, and editorial cartoonists are suffering from ongoing layoffs in the newspaper industry. The cartooning ranks have been thinned and the cartoonists who still have jobs are often asked to do more work online, such as starting blogs and animating their cartoons for the Web. ... The problem for cartoonists is much the same as the problem for other content creators: there is no market for animated political cartoons when Web sites don't want to pay for content.

"I run a popular Web site and I'm the cartoonist for MSNBC. …

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