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September 7, 2017

Go, Read: Seth Simons On The Decline Of Cartoon Bank

It seems a solid piece, I hope you read it all the way through. It's a story that's told very infrequently: how a company's goals, abilities or even just their desire to maximize overall profits chokes a sources of revenue meaningful to artists making work. Anyone performing freelance business in the Internet era has seen this enough times to know when a gig is about to go rotten before those more directly employed might. If you can get through that article without dying inside like 15 times, you are a stronger person than I am.

A couple of notes: I'm glad to hear there's a payment tier at the New Yorker not the $700 I've heard cited a bunch of times. Maybe that's just me, but that still feels very low given the contribution the cartoons make to the magazine. One of the reasons the Cartoon Bank was important at its height is it helped cartoonists cross the line to living wage. Also, while I understand how great it is there was a company giving $2M in a year to a select group of cartoonists, I'm still slightly dismayed that $5M went elsewhere and this seems normal to us. That may be naive.
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