Jimmy Margulies, editorial cartoonist for The New Jersey Record, has written the following faux news article to parody the senseless firings of editorial cartoonists.
New York ( November 12 ) Harper’s Weekly has eliminated the position of Thomas Nast, famed editorial cartoonist, noted for his pursuit of Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall as well as the creation of the Democratic donkey, Republican elephant, Uncle Sam and Santa Claus. Harper’s executives cited a declining economic outlook in the decision. Nast will pen his final cartoon by month’s end.
Nast had recently turned down a generous financial offer from Boss Tweed to stop drawing “them damned pictures” Since Harper’s management’s decision to terminate Nast achieved this same result, they announced their intention to seek the financial offer themselves.
Harper’s pointed to this move as both a smart strategy to bolster its own profitability, as well as a model for the entire print media industry to follow.
UPDATE: E&P’s Shawn Moynihan talks with Jimmy about his motivation for the above protest.