Dave Astor writes that on February 10, at least eight African-American cartoonists plan to publish a similar cartoon to draw attention to the tendency of newspapers to run only one or two comics by African-Americans regardless of the size of the rest of the comic page making it more difficult for African-American creators to compete for the limited comic strip slots available.
What might the action accomplish? “I hope editors will start allowing minority cartoonists to compete for all their comics slots, not just one or two slots,” replied Bell, whose 2003-launched “Candorville” strip runs in 60 to 65 papers.
Participating cartoonists include Darrin Bell (Candorville, Rudy Park), Cory Thomas (Watch Your Head), Jerry Craft (Mama’s Boyz), Steve Bentley (Herb and Jamaal), Charlos Gary (Cafe Con Leche, Working It Out), Tim Jackson (editorial cartoonist), Keith Knight (The K Chronicles), and Steve Watkins (Housebroken).
A media blitz is also planned to help spread the word.
Craft, after being interviewed over the phone, subsequently e-mailed this comment: “I think of all the different genres of comic strips, African-American cartoonists get pitted against each other the most. For many papers, it’s like the Highlander syndrome where ‘There can be only one!’