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January 26, 2009


Village Voice Media Suspends Cartoons

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According to alt-weekly regular Tom Tomorrow, Village Voice Media is suspending the publication of all cartoons in their newspapers. If I'm reading their site correctly, this involves 15 papers total:
Westword (Denver), New Times (Phoenix), New Times Broward), The Pitch (Kansas City), SF Weekly (San Francisco), HoustonPress, Dallas Observer) New Times (Miami), Riverfront Times (St. Louis), Village Voice (New York), LA Weekly, City Pages (Minneapolis), Scene (Nashville), OC Weekly and Seattle Weekly.
I have no idea what this means in terms of individual strips. It could be that some of the papers have individual contracts that would not apply under what Tomorrow's saying, and I'm not sure how many of these publications actually carry comics. Apparently, the decision was communicated to cartoonists late last week.

Minnesota Independent has reaction from one of the publication editors, including word that they may try to bring the comics back if the economy improves.

The move comes on the heels of the same company buying the social media site LikeMe.net, so this sounds more like strategy than a straight-up move made from necessity -- then again, firings and departures from the company's papers have been legion.

Tom Tomorrow; the news went out on a Daily Kos feed that Sean T. Collins saw. Thanks, Sean
 
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