We can all decrement the count of staff cartoonists in the U.S. by one more as of yesterday. David Catrow has announced that he is leaving the Springfield News-Sun after 25 years as their editorial cartoonist to spend more time on illustrating children’s books and developing animated films.
“It’s bittersweet,” Catrow, 55, said. “I really grew up here. I’ve been an artist since I was old enough to hold a crayon and not eat it. But it wasn’t until I got here that I realized what it was like to be an artist and create things on deadline.”
David has illustrated more than 60 books, was a concept artist for last year’s “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who” movie and his Plantzilla book is being developed into an animated TV series.
According to the individual who tipped me off to this story, the paper will probably not fill the vacancy.