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January 12, 2006

Editorial Cartooning: The Slow Bleed

The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists has put a Business Journal of Phoenix article up on their site regarding the declining fortunes of editorial cartoonists in America. What's nice about the article is that it takes the long view, some 20-25 years, and describes a mix of very specific choices on the part of newspapers as well as competing opportunities in other areas of cartooning as contributing factors to why even certain people who match a profile don't end up as editorial cartoonists as frequently as they once did.

In other editorial cartooning news, Australian cartoonist Michael Leunig has written a lengthy piece about the difficulties of doing cartoons on the subject of Israel. It's an article worth reading if the subject matter interests at all. Leunig mentions that a New Zealand cartoonist lost his job because of a cartoon about Israel; if anyone knows anything more about that, I'd love to hear it.
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