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It is official, after an extended hiatus, my goodbye editorial cartoon for Highlands Today has opened the door for a weekly return of Local Look starting next Sunday in The Highlands News Sun. Like many in this community I had my hesitations after the merger was announced, but they are really trying to shape the new daily paper into a product that this community can be proud of and I am happy to be a part of it. I hope everyone will check it out, and let me know what you think.
As many of you know, after 5 years of drawing cartoons for the newspaper, I took a break to go back to school. After I settled in at school I made some effort to start back up again, but at that time the newspaper was not in a position to bring me back, their parent company was looking to cut costs and hiring an editorial cartoonist was not in the cards. I always assumed I would return to it someday, I knew my Editor and mentor Richard Hensley wanted to bring it back as soon as he could, I would never have started the cartoon in the first place it not for him. But when Richard passed away after a battle with cancer at the beginning of this year, I had a sinking feeling that I would never draw another editorial cartoon.
So, when it was announced that Highlands Today had been purchased by is local competition the Highlands News-Sun and that it would cease publication after merging their staff into a new daily Highlands News-Sun, I knew I had to grab my pen one last time and say goodbye. So, for the first time in 3 years, expect a new Local Look in your Highlands Today this Sunday for their final publication.
Thank you Highlands Today, you will be missed.
I still remember one day back in February of 2007, I had been a graphic designer at Highlands Today for about a year, when Richard walked through the art department and asked me if I had ever thought about trying to draw an editorial cartoon. That started a crazy 5 year journey working very closely with Richard with him as my mentor teaching me how much you can and can’t piss everyone off as an editorial cartoonist. I am sad that financially I wasn’t able to make a career out of editorial cartoons with the crumbling newspaper industry… but I learned a lot about myself as an artist and a visual storyteller, and I owe so much of that to Richard. Rest in peace my friend.