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Lee Judge: Don’t bore your readers

Lee Judge, editorial cartoonist for the Kansas City Star, has an editorial/column explaining the plight of the editorial cartoonist.

The only way I can avoid upsetting someone is by refusing to deal with hot-button topics and making lame jokes on trivial subjects (which, if push comes to shove, is Career Plan B). Not only is this course cowardly, but in the end it?s bad business. Why would readers keep coming back if you refused to deal with issues relevant to their lives? How many readers will drop the paper, not because they?re offended, but because they?re bored?

It’s proably good that editorial cartoonists are getting out from behind the drawing table and also explaining their situation in other mediums.

Community Comments

#1 Gina Boyce
September/30/2006
@ 1:08 am

Loved the cartoon about the Jo Co Taxpayer with the Soccer ball on his back. Another 75 million dollars 5 million per soccer field. The Turf must be 14 kt gold!

#2 Gina Boyce
September/29/2006
@ 7:08 pm

Loved the cartoon about the Jo Co Taxpayer with the Soccer ball on his back. Another 75 million dollars 5 million per soccer field. The Turf must be 14 kt gold!

#3 Bill Sanders
January/28/2007
@ 10:06 pm

Lee Judge is one of the very best in the business but his editor has no balls and not a clue about how to market Lee’s work to benefit the Star (a paper for which I once labored as the political cartoonist).
Bill Sanders (sanders cartoon/commentary)

#4 Bill Sanders
January/28/2007
@ 3:06 pm

Lee Judge is one of the very best in the business but his editor has no balls and not a clue about how to market Lee’s work to benefit the Star (a paper for which I once labored as the political cartoonist).
Bill Sanders (sanders cartoon/commentary)

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