Editorial Cartoonist ‘Mr. Fish’ Canned

By: E&P Staff

Editorial cartoonist Mr. Fish, also known as Dwayne Booth, has joined the long list of talents in his profession that have lost their jobs.

Booth writes that he has been laid off from the Village Voice/LA Weekly, for which he has worked for nearly six years. When the Village Voice dropped all of its other cartoonists last year, the left-leaning cartoonist survived the cut. Now, he?s out.

?I was cut as a cost-saving measure,? Mr. Fish writes in a post at Daryl Cagle?s Cartoon Web Log. ?At one time, and not too long ago in fact, the brain of the Village Voice and the LA Weekly seemed quite capable of contributing to the national conversation about art and politics and literature and popular culture, but now, unless the word diet is affixed to the end of any of those subjects, or unless they are included as part of a movie title or bit of Hollywood gossip or a crime story, the Village Voice Media company seems as if it has absolutely no opinion to offer.

?Specifically, to read the Village Voice nowadays is akin to watching somebody who you once respected and whose opinion about the culture you valued receive a lobotomy and then who, desperate not to lose your company, attempts to keep you around by offering to show you what he looks like with his pants off,? he continues. ?It?s embarrassing.?

Read the post in full, here.

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