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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.
My Sunday cartoon will not be running in Highlands Today this weekend.
Essentially it was deemed to be a little too controversial for our small community and, more importantly it seems, I might be a little too close to the controversy in some peoples eyes. I strongly disagree with this opinion, but I understand and respect the hesitation of my editor to run the cartoon in the newspaper. While it does upset me that my cartoon will not be seen by people outside of the internet, more importantly it upsets me that this censorship is exactly what the person in question wants. Because he is in a position of power he has been able to use his power to quietly manipulate, and without breaking any laws or making any threats he has played his cards right and one of the biggest news stories in our community may be off limits to me. Well played.