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Duffy runs full page cartoon in competing paper

Duffy full page cartoon

Brian Duffy, who was laid off from the Des Moines Register last week, took up an offer from a publisher of an alt-weekly paper to do a full page cartoon without restrictions according to politicker.com cartoonist Rob Tornoe.

The cartoon appeared in today’s CityView and depicts Brian walking into the sunset thinking “Sunset, no a new sunrise” with a decrepit building and newsstand in the background – presumably representing his former employer.

Community Comments

#1 Lucas Turnbloom
December/10/2008
@ 3:38 pm

Very cool.

#2 Ted "Dippity-do" Dawson
December/10/2008
@ 4:02 pm

Duffy rocks. What does that say at the bottom of the newspaper vending machine?

#3 Wiley Miller
December/10/2008
@ 4:15 pm

“What does that say at the bottom of the newspaper vending machine?”

RAGBRAI. That’s a huge annual event in the Summer, a bicycle race across the State of Iowa sponsored by the Register. Thousands of cyclists from all across the country participate. It’s kind of a beerfest on wheels. Brian was a big part of promoting the event every year… for the Register’s benefit.

#4 Phil Tography
December/10/2008
@ 5:45 pm

sly and smart, this is a great exapmly where the (cartoonist) pen is mightier then the sword

#5 KRANKY (JOE RANK)
December/10/2008
@ 7:12 pm

This is a great example of one of my pithy little sayings: “Never offend a cartoonist or a songwriter ( I’m both ). They WILL get revenge!” .

I like how the 50 cent was crossed out on the machine, replaced by 75….and the big black spot above the fold where the Duffy cartoon used to be. Nice subleties!

#6 Paul Fell
December/10/2008
@ 8:37 pm

When they toss you out on the street, go with dignity like Brian did. It will stand you in good stead in days to come. Never stoop to the level of those who screwed you.

Sooner or later, what goes around comes around.

#7 Rich Diesslin
December/10/2008
@ 9:35 pm

Sweet. ;)

#8 Morris Dovey
December/11/2008
@ 8:51 am

Next up for the Register: full page used car ads on A-1.

I wonder if Brian has considered selling e-subscriptions to his work…

#9 Neal Davidson
December/11/2008
@ 6:02 pm

Funny that Paul Fell would be telling to go with dignity and “never stoop to the level of those who screwed you,” when he more or less did all of those things.

#10 Wiley Miller
December/11/2008
@ 6:42 pm

That’s exactly what makes Paul a voice of experience that should be listened to, Neal. He traveled the wrong path, acknowledged it, and is now passing along sage advice for others on which is the right path.

#11 Paul Fell
December/11/2008
@ 8:16 pm

Thanks for your support, Wiley, but I still stand by what I said and did in my debacle with the Lincoln Journal Star. What I admitted to was that I could have been a lot less snarky in my remarks in the MSNBC.com interview that preceeded my firing, but when you’ve been screwed over for as long as I was, you tend to run out of patience. When you haven’t received a raise in 6 years and then have your employers hire another freelancer to do what you’ve been doing for years does tend to piss one off. There come a point in you life when you have to decide that you have been pushed around enough or accept the fact that you will be everyone’s punching bag.

Also, my situation was way different than Brian’s in that I was a freelancer, not a staffer. If our young friend Neal Davidson will recall, if his memory goes back all that far, is that when I lost my staff position at the old Lincoln Journal in 1992, I behaved with dignity and restraint. I was not the one at fault in that job loss, and while the Journal went out with a permanent black eye, I was able to start my freelance career without the stigma of a long, drawn-out catfight. All the readers, as is true in Brian Duffy’s case, know who the dumb butts were at the Des Moines Register.

Oh, and Neal, why don’t you try and make a living as a freelancer, living by your wits, talent and willingness to work your butt off for year after year and then get back to me with your thoughts, okay…?

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