Former The State editorial cartoonist Robert Ariail has joined with the The Spartanburg Herald-Journal to do local editorial cartoons.
From GoUpState.com, Ariail says, “Of course, South Carolina is a gold mine for cartooning. It’s one of the reasons I didn’t want to leave the state, and a reason I’m so excited about working with the Herald-Journal. I think the Herald-Journal is showing a lot of faith in the future of newspapers and of editorial cartooning.”
UPDATE: I’ve received word back from Robert. I wanted to know how many cartoons he’s doing for them and if this was a full-time or part-time position with the paper. He tells me he’s basically their cartoonist but he works more like a contributor to start. He’ll draw five cartoons a week for them – three national, two local/state. Both parties anticipate the position to go full-time when the economy improves.