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June 4, 2009

Another Cartoonist Loses Longtime Gig


This time it's Roy Peterson, a multiple award-winning and widely-syndicated cartoonist, a longtime illustrator of Allan Fotheringham's column at Maclean's, the founding president of the Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists of and the first Canadian president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (1983), who had his relationship severed by the Vancouver Sun for stated reasons of expense.

Between that first linked-to article and this one in the Sun that pays tribute to the 47 years of service Peterson gave the paper, a few interesting details shuffle to the service. Peterson apparently worked on a contract basis, so it's not a staff position that's lost and, of course, there are no benefits. The paper gave him three months, which is actually more than many fired cartoonists have received and one I suppose can infer elements of the nature of the severance as compared to some others where it takes place in abrupt fashion. Also, the tribute article did not give a reason for Peterson's departure.

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