Another day brings more news of cartoonist job losses and rumors of more to come. Â John Branch got his pink slip today, along with 135 other employees at the San Antonio Express-News. Â See John’s cartoon archive here. John sent me this note:
Thanks for your message. Â I was one of the 135 people (75 in the newsroom) at the Express-News who received the bad news Wednesday. Â It wasn’t a surprise given the dire climate of the newspaper industry these days, bit’s certainly a shock when it happens to you and the ones you work with.
I will be working until March 20th. I haven’t had time to figure out much beyond that.
I’m especially disappointed, given that I’ve been concentrating on local and state issues for the past few months, enjoying it and receiving a lot of positive feedback. Â After 28 years here, I’m convinced that there isn’t a better place than Texas to be an editorial cartoonist. Hopefully, I can find an outlet and continue to draw.
My thanks to you and your readers.
Here are a couple of John’s recent cartoons. Â See more here.