As announced last week, Brian McFadden was tapped to be the featured regular cartoonist for the rework of the New York Times’ Week in Review. His first comic was entitled “The State of Unemployment” and appeared yesterday.
Michael Cavna interviewed Brian about the new arrangement:
“I’ve been given a lot of leeway,” says McFadden, whose online comics can be spiced with saltier language . “I was told what ‘Big Fat Whale’ comics the editors liked, and asked to do more stuff like that, but without swearing and keeping a wider, family audience in mind. In fact, this week’s comic went through the editing process without any changes.”
Because of that editing process, McFadden says he has to get script approval by midweek. “But that’s where weekly comics excel,” he says. “What they lack in immediacy, they make up for in exploring ideas in a deeper way, which I think is the goal of the Sunday Review.”