Clay Jones, who has been the staff cartoonist for the The Free Lance-Star, has been laid off. His last day with the paper is today.
In a blog post to his readers he writes:
What’s next for me? I don’t know. I do know my career as a staff cartoonist, something I spent seven years fighting for before it finally happened, is over. I do have other skills and I’m going to try to figure out what those are. There’s gotta be an opportunity for a professional smart ass somewhere out there.
I’m toying with the idea of a new adventure. This is the time to do that. This might even be a great opportunity. I can try something new and maybe even at a new location. Yes, I’m thinking about leaving Virginia despite the fact over the past 14 years I’ve gained more friends here than anywhere else I’ve ever lived.
He also mentions that he’ll continue to syndicate his cartoons through Creators Syndicate and contribute two cartoons a week to The Free Lance-Star.