Rob Tornoe is the owner/editor of Punchline Magazine and a cartoonist for The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Press of Atlantic City and WHYY. He writes about the media and the cartoon industry for Editor & Publisher.
I’m saddened to write that Larry Wright, who has worked as an editorial cartoonist for the Detroit News for decades, is retiring at the end of this month. We syndicate Larry’s cartoons to more than 800 newspapers. Â Larry was one of the first cartoonists to join us when we launched our syndicate nearly ten years ago. Â Larry writes:
It is difficult for me to accept an end to editorial cartooning — IÂ started doing it in my first newspaper job in 1961. I have beenÂ retired from the Detroit News since April 2006 but they kept me onÂ for 3 free-lance cartoons a week till the economy crash in 2008 hadÂ them cut me to 2 a week. As things got worse they cut me down to oneÂ a week a few months ago and are cutting me off the end of the year.
It’s not like I’m facing poverty. I have a full pension from GannettÂ and I just signed a new three-year contract for Kit ‘n’ Carlyle, aÂ daily panel I’ve been doing for United Media since 1980.
Although we will miss him, Larry will be keeping busy.
The Detroit News still has me doing regular free-lance editing and photography of collector car shows on the Detroit News website. It’s called Joyrides and has had a big audience since the late 1990s. I also get to show off my Corvette convertible at these shows.