Clay Jones is famous for his editorial cartoons taking on national issues, but now he’s going native (part-time).
[An excerpt from] A Note from Clay Jones
I miss drawing local cartoons. I love drawing on national and international issues, but I broke into this business drawing on local issues. I started at a small weekly paper in Mississippi in 1990 drawing about county supervisors. I started my own syndicate in that state focusing on statewide issues, and when I was hired by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, they said I was their choice because they could understand my cartoons on Mississippi topics. From there, they had me draw a daily cartoon on local topics six days a week in full color on the front page. And when The Free Lance-Star hired me, it was to draw local cartoons. Even after I was laid off, I won first place in the National Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest for a cartoon I drew for a New York paper on a local topic. So, in a way, I felt it was kind of a shame and waste I haven’t been able to draw on local issues in a while.
But I’m back…
Clay will occasionally (no frequency given) comment on his home state of Virginia for the FXBG Advance.