“They told him as they were burning his beard, ‘We’ll see what you will draw from now on,’ ” Mr. Sharbaji said. “ ‘How dare you disobey your masters?’ ”
I have watched this unfold for two decades from the various perches of being a syndicated comic-strip creator (and among the first wave of cartoonists online); of being a newspaper feature-section editor combing through new comics and talking with syndicate sales reps; of being a comics journalist documenting the decimation of some of those syndicates and the evisceration of some of those comics sections. And now — at this very time — the industry’s tectonic plates feel as loose and perilous and potentially thrilling as ever.Rob Tornoe writes in the latest Editor & Publisher that several news organizations are finding innovative ways to leverage the popularity of their staff cartoonist to help retain and grow readers.
Newsday occasionally runs full-page cartoons on its front cover by its Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Walt Handelsman. The Oregonian’s staff cartoonist, Jack Ohman, produces long-form sequential cartoons for the Sunday edition. And several cartoonists, from Handelsman to Mike Thompson of the Detroit Free Press, create animated cartoons for their newspapers’ websites.
I've emailed Stahler and Dispatch editor Ben Marrison for comment and will post what they have to say. || UPDATE: Marrison says the paper's investigation found that the similarity "appears to be a coincidence." [This post was modified to remove a comment from a Borowitz fan on Facebook.]