Editorial Cartoonist Chan Lowe Retires


After more than forty years editorial cartoonist Chan Lowe has decided to retire.

Chan has spent most of that time, 31 years, at the South Florida/Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel,
the past two years he has been contributing to the Berkshire Eagle.

It was The Eagle that announced his retirement:

A cartoon’s impact must happen in the reader’s mind, Lowe, 66, said April 26, after retiring from his job as deputy editorial page editor for The Eagle. “You can lead a reader to water. You have to let them do the drinking. If it goes on inside them, they love the cartoon.”


As with all the cartoons Lowe produced — three a week for the Tribune Content Agency over 34 years, more than 5,000 in all — the one showing military caskets went out to media subscribers across the country. For a few seconds at countless breakfast tables, Lowe’s work prodded the American psyche.


Being a full-time cartoonist Chan did cartoons about local issues.

In his time at The Eagle, Lowe produced local cartoons on top of his three-pack for the syndicate.

Lowe’s longest run was at the Sun-Sentinel in Florida, where he also created local cartoons above and beyond the works shared nationally.


The Eagle farewell continued:

A National Press Foundation award in 2000 noted that Lowe “has it in for people who are a little too full of themselves and social movements smacking of hypocrisy.”

“So a couple smooching in a parked car and criticizing same-sex marriages turn out to be married — to other people,” the citation reads. “President Clinton waxing on about `values’ during investigations of his personal conduct can’t help but say, `for a REALLY good time call ‘ “


Chan definitely was of progressive inclinations.


Tribune Content Agency has the last two weeks of Chan’s national cartoons,
while GoComics’ archive of Chan goes back to 2001.


One promise continues to bind Lowe to The Eagle: a pledge to come out of retirement to create a cartoon commenting on Trump’s departure from office, whenever that comes.


We wish Chan a relaxing retirement and look forward to any art that may come;
as a lifelong artist we doubt he can completely forsake the brush and pen.