TITLE

Local Cartoons Can Convey Universal Significance

AUTHOR(S)
Lindley, Mary Ann
PUB. DATE
December 2004
SOURCE
Nieman Reports;Winter2004, Vol. 58 Issue 4, p35
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article asserts the ability of local editorial cartoons to convey universal significance, referencing the author's experiences as an editorial cartoonist, and encourages newspapers to hire editorial cartoonists. The cartooning industry is low on conservative editorial cartoonists and on minority cartoonists; the female editorial cartoonist might be described as an endangered species, except that historically there never have been very many. As with most of the editorial cartoonists I have been privileged to meet, Doug Marlette is a brilliant and perceptive man. But as with any writer, the artist benefits from appropriate care and feeding. Though I do not do this nearly as well as I should, I know he appreciates it when I take time to brainstorm and offer up some mental images from the local parade of horrors or remind him of what is the talk at the local coffee shop. A well-placed word to the artist is sufficient. As with the best essayists and columnists, an editorial cartoonist can often make a universal point with a local angle and give readers an original perspective. I would encourage more newspapers to take a leap and hire an editorial cartoonist. Especially in this time-short world where younger readers and ultra-busy readers tend to look for a quick read and fast got it bit of information, there is nothing better than the laconic editorial cartoon to juice up an editorial page.
ACCESSION #
15509005

 

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