When What You Love is Self-Destructing

Kevin Necessary got a letter asking why he is no longer drawing editorial cartoons.

He tore up the first draft because he didn’t want to feel that way.

I began to feel pretty [effing] bitter.

© Kevin Necessary/Cincinnati Enquirer

What Kevin finally wrote in a Twitter thread:

I’m not going to share what I wrote. So I’ll just say this: Thank you to everyone who supported my cartoons. I want you to know how much I’ve appreciated your support over the years. It means the world. I wish I could have done more for you.

The vast majority of newspapers are no longer supporting a vital service to the country as warning the populace and pulling down the pants of the powerful takes a back seat to pablum and profit.

Addendum: most of the negative feelings I have are directed at the situation, not people. I don’t live in the right time period or market to make a living as an editorial cartoonist. I’m not unique in this.

4 thoughts on “When What You Love is Self-Destructing

  1. Kevin N. I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen your cartoons but your statement seems very sad. Don’t give up on speaking out about those idiots in politics! You’re only speaking the truth and what most of us feel. The politicians seldom care what we feel about their actions because they have a 2or 4yr job they can’t be fired from!??

  2. What a bummer. Kevin Necessary’s kneeling Statue of Liberty cartoon was superb, among others. It is a shame to miss out on his commentary.

  3. America’s newspaper have been journalistically bankrupt for decades. They have been shooting holes in the bottom of their sinking boat to let the water out.

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