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News: Lago In, Whelton Out at Washington Post Writer’s Group
posted August 6, 2004

August 6 -- In a potentially monstrous shift of personnel in the usually placid world of support for comic strips and editorial cartoon, the Washington Post Writers Group named Amy Lago to a new position of Editor -- Comics, Graphics and Promotions. She succeeds Suzanne Whelton as the group's comics editor.

Lago, who began her stint at the smaller comics syndicate on August 30, is a 14-year veteran with giant United Media. Her last position with that company was Vice President, Comics and Graphics. While at United she helped acquire and develop strips such as Get Fuzzy and Pearls Before Swine, and worked closely with big money-earners such as Scott Adams and Charles Schulz.

Whelton's departure ends 18 years at the syndicate, where she was the first full-time comics editor. She will stay on and consult through 2004, and will spend the extra time with her family and two-year-old son.

WPWG has a small and eclectic group of titles, including the six-month-old lightning rod Opus by Berkeley Breathed. Editorial cartoonists represented by the group include Signe Wilkinson of The Philadelphia Daily News.