Four cartoonists, whose works appear in the Cavalier Daily, have quit in protest over the firing of Grant Woolard who’s cartoon depicting nine naked black men fighting with chairs, sticks and boots with the caption of “Ethiopian Food Fight.” The departing cartoonists include Ellisha Marongelli, Joe Shaver, Chen Song and Laura Lin. Their departure leaves the paper with just a handful of original comics.
“We were disappointed and pretty frustrated with the way (Woolard) was treated,” said Marongelli, whose comics had been featured in the paper for three years. “What it boils down to is that I have a friend and colleague who wants to work but can’t.”
“We put a lot of time and passion into what we do as comics artists,” Song said. “It wasn’t a decision taken lightly by any of us. It’s been, to say the least, frustrating.”