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News Briefs for January 9, 2008

Mother Goose and Grimm creator Mike Peters talks to Mike Cavna about the impending lawsuit by the The Federation of Colombian Coffee Growers.

Phil Johnson does a weekly cartoon for ITworld.com called IT Underworld – geek humor for, well, geeks. The feature was picked up back in October as a trial, but the tech site has opted to keep it going in 2009. You can check out Phil’s archives.

Jimmy Margulies, editorial cartoonist for The Record, recently did a long, but engaging interview with Litpark – a writer’s blog. Interview covers his work as a cartoonist, his process, etc.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt is worried that newspapers won’t survive in the future, but admits that there isn’t much Google can do to save them. When asked why Google doesn’t buy them, Schmidt responds, “The good news is we could purchase them. We have the cash. But I don’t think our purchasing a newspaper would solve the business problems. It would help solidify the ownership structure, but it doesn’t solve the underlying problem in the business.”

Speaking of troubled newspapers, a local television station KING-TV reported that the Seattle Post-Intelligencer was going to be put up for sale or closed down according to a source close to the deal. The Seattle Times has looked into the rumor and hasn’t been able to confirm it. I’ll continue monitoring the story. The Seattle P-I is home to David Horsey.

Steve Greenberg has been monitoring editorial cartoonist’s response to the latest round of Hamas-Israel conflict. A write up of his thoughts were posted in The Jewish Chronicle.

And Ted Rall has posted his third animated editorial cartoon:

Community Comments

#1 Ben Gordon
January/13/2009
@ 11:53 pm

Anyone who gets concerned when large financial interests try to censor a fellow cartoonist can find Coffee Federation links and copies of the cartoon at Floating Lightbulb.

I encourage anyone emailing the Colombian Coffee Growers to avoid confrontational language, and simply report how news of the lawsuit is likely to affect your coffee purchasing decisions.
Factual, not emotional.

The entire action takes but a minute, and is healthy for cartoonist solidarity. Moreover, we might spare this gentleman months in court, defending a lawsuit that will probably collapse from sheer lunacy.

Mike Peters is not involved in this gesture in any way, and I have never met the man.

http://floatinglightbulb.blogspot.com

You may also borrow material from my post for use on your own sites, or link to me for the duration of this sequence. If you draw cartoons about the issue, please let me know so I can link to you, or send them to me for our readers to enjoy.

Regards,
Bengo

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