“If cartoonists would look at this more as an art than as a part time job or a get-rich-quick scheme, I think comics overall would be better.
February 1, 2009 9:41 AM Subscribe
The Alternative Comics Apocalypse Has BegunWhat worries us, I think, is what Lloyd Dangle pointed out:
"But all of us self-syndicated cartoonists are losing papers left and right, even Tom Tomorrow
, the king of the weeklies, lost a big chunk of his syndication when Village Voice Media instituted its chain-wide suspension of cartoons
. Some of the papers who dropped me (Lloyd Dangle) said that they might bring Troubletown back when things get better, but for newspapers, I don't know anybody who thinks it's going to get better. "
Minneapolis City Pages editor Kevin Hoffman says he hopes that in the second or third quarter of the year, the economy will have improved enough that cartoonists (and theater reviewers, he said) can be brought back on. The belt-tightening now only affects network-wide cartoons, Hoffman says; other syndicated features — like Dan Savage’s “Savage Love” and Rob Brezsny’s “Free Will Astrology” — will continue to run at City Pages.