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Syndicates: Editorial Cartoonists Feel the Burn

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Syndicates: Editorial Cartoonists Feel the Burn

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One of the roughly 2,000 Gannett staffers who got pink slips in early December was longtime Des Moines Register cartoonist Brian Duffy. His departure, after more than 20 years, drew protest from his peers and an angry response from Duffy in a local TV interview, when he announced he had canceled his subscription to the paper. But this was just the latest of the long string of layoffs for editorial cartoonists.

Rob Tornoe of Politicker.com, perhaps the only full-time editorial cartoonist working at a Web news site, documented the trend a few days after the news broke on Duffy, and listed the 16 latest layoffs or buyouts he knew of. By Tornoe's count, that leaves 80 still active, but at least two more could go soon (editorial cartoonist Ed Stein and sports cartoonist Drew Litton), he pointed out, if the Rocky Mountain News goes down.

A few hours later, Tornoe himself lost his job at Politicker in a mass layoff move there. …

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