I was disappointed to learn today that my friend, Gary Brookins, the immensely talented cartoonist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, was laid off today. Â It wasn't long ago that the Times-Dispatch had TWO cartoonists, Gary along with Bob Gorrell. Â Gary is a great guy and I hope he'll continue drawing editorial cartoons; he also draws the comic strip "Pluggers" and works on the comic strip "Shoe," taking over from Jeff MacNelly, who was clearly a big influence. Â See Gary's archive on our site. Â That's a recent cartoon by Gary below.