John Cole, the terrific cartoonist for the Scranton Times-Tribune (click to see John’s cartoons here) alerted me to this viewo posted in the C-Span archives. It’s from 1984, and features an interview by Brian Lamb discussing the role of the editorial cartoonist with Jeff MacNelly of the Chicago Tribune, Bill D’oire of the Dallas Morning News, and Lee Judge of the Kansas City Star.
It’s an hour long, but for anyone interested in the craft, it’s definitely worth watching. As a cartoonist and someone who covers the newspaper industry, it’s sort-of bittersweet to watch. The only newspaper of the three that still continues to have a cartoonist on staff is the Chicago Tribune, who hired Scott Stantis in 2009 after MacNelly’s untimely death left the position vacated in 2000. D’orie lost his job at the Dallas Morning News as part of cutbacks in 2004, while Judge was reduced to a part-timer and continues to draw for the Kansas City Star.