An email sent today to cartoonists who submit their work to the New York Times Week In Review section describes the paper’s “experiment in directing its own cartoon feature, one modeled more on the comic strip or graphic novel.” The Week in Review’s last selection of outside cartoons will run on June 19.
Since the Week in Review section began 76 years ago, it has featured the work of editorial cartoonists from other publications around the nation and the world. The Times has long resisted commissioning its own cartoons for a host of reasons, but that is about to change.
To coincide with the remaking of the Week in Review section, which will debut on June 26, The Times will begin an experiment in directing its own cartoon feature, one modeled more on the comic strip or graphic novel. (This has some precedent at the paper: a few years ago the Sunday Magazine featured several lengthier cartoon serials.)
The new strip will replace the editorial cartoons that currently run on Page 2. Our last selection of outside cartoons will appear on June 19, so after Friday, June 17, you need not send us your work.
We thank all of you for providing us with hundreds of terrific cartoons in recent years, and we hope you enjoy the new Sunday Review section.