The Vancouver Province sports cartoonist Bob Krieger announced he’s drawn his last cartoon for the paper but will be reassigned to work on the web desk along with editorial cartoonist Dan Murphy. Bob tells me the paper is short staffed so both he and Dan were reassigned as “the best way to manage resources.”
This is the last cartoon by Dan for the Province:
I’ve got mixed feelings about his announcement. Very appreciative that the paper was able to find a place for their cartoonists within their organizations instead of tossing them out to the street like so many cartoonists have been treated. But a cartoonist skill is in cartooning – hopefully Bob and Dan can find professional fulfillment in their new duties or at least enough of it until they can find something else.
Clarification: I’m a bit behind in getting this clarification posted. Bob emailed me back and clarified that because of a collective agreement, the company was obligated to offer him a severance package or find him a job. Bob opted for the job. It should also be noted that the assessment that the paper was short staffed is something Bob was told – not his assessment.