Code Green in the local paper
My local city paper, the Sun-Sentinel, has been running my Code Green cartoons on the editorial page every other Friday for a couple months.
Everybody knows that newspapers have been in crisis, that audiences have largely moved over to the web. Newspapers no longer have a monopoly on information; they aren’t the opinion-makers they once were.
Still, there’s a special sense of satisfaction, and a feeling of having succeeded as a cartoonist that’s different from any other, to have my cartoons on the Sentinel’s editorial page. I’ve been illustrating a column for the paper for the past year that’s run in the Outlook section, but to make it onto the editorial page is different — it has gravity. It means that my opinion matters. It’s a total thrill when my relatives, and my mom’s friends, and my friends’ children, say things like: “I saw your cartoon in the paper yesterday!” “I cut out your cartoon and showed it to my class!”
I very much appreciate and value every reader I have on the web, of course. But there’s just something special and serious about having cartoons on the editorial page of the newspaper that my parent read when I was a child, that I grew up with, and that has a solid history in this city.