‘Seattle Times’ Cartoonist Eric Devericks May Lose Job

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By: E&P Staff

Will editorial cartoonist Eric Devericks be losing his job at The Seattle Times after nearly six years at the newspaper?

DailyCartoonist.com blogger Alan Gardner reported that Devericks told him May 5 will be his last day at the Times unless enough people voluntarily leave the paper.

Devericks wrote Gardner that “this is a very emotional time” for many people at the Times and added: “More specifically, it is a very hard time for my young family and my only plans at this point are to do whatever I have to to take care of them.”

ComicsReporter.com blogger Tom Spurgeon wrote in response to Gardner’s post: “As much as Michael Ramirez’s win in the Pulitzer Prize balloting and his subsequent call for a greater value to be placed on more substantive cartooning were bracing news with which to start the week, this … may be almost as deflating.

“The Times is a [large] newspaper, so for them to be seeking such severe cuts and for one of those cuts to be their cartoonist can be seen as a sign that almost no one in a staffed cartooning position is particularly safe, not anymore.”

Many editorial cartoonists have already lost their jobs in recent years. The number of staff positions in the field has dropped to about 80 from more than 200 several decades ago.

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