I’m really enjoying getting a glimpse into the syndicate world through Universal Press’ new “From the Editors” blog. Today we learn a bit of background information on today’s Prickly City by Scott Stantis who drew only the first 40% of his cartoon to draw attention to the “impact of cuts being made in American businesses.” At least one editor was not amused and argued that readers might infer that the newspaper goofed up and then the staff-strapped newspaper would have to take time to respond to such citizens.
Universal comic editor John Glynn responds,
Now before you think I’m being supercilious, I understand her point. I sympathize. Newspapers are resource strapped and answering e-mails and phone calls from readers who think the newspapers have made an error is not an exciting prospect. They do not have time to add this to their “to do” list.
The other side and as Scott and I discussed, is that publishing a newspaper and hoping no one notices may not be the best business model. And asking cartoonists to be less clever? Well, I can’t speak for the other syndicates, but UPS just can’t endorse that.
So you have two different perspectives … the newspaper views the comics page as a thing to be begrudgingly dealt with … the cartoonist views it as the place to express his/her ideas. The syndicate walks the line in between them.