Last week Honolulu Star-Bulletin bought Honolulu Advertiser, laying off almost half of the newspaper staff in the state and leaving its residents with one daily paper.
In 1995 I was drawing a syndicated panel called “TRUE!” for Tribune Media Services and one of my subscribers was The Midweek, a weekly free newspaper in that was delivered to every address in Hawaii. The Midweek ran the supermarket ads on Wednesdays, taking a bite out of the dailies; they were upgrading and switching to a new tabloid format and wanted a local editorial cartoonist for their new editorial page, and they gave me a call. That was the start of my late career change to being a political cartoonist.
My local cartoons became one of their most popular features. I sniped from the sidelines as the evil Advertiser tried to kill off their competitor, the feisty Star-Bulletin, in a newspaper war that seemed to drag on forever. There were underhanded dealings and angry employee journalists with hurt feelings and blogs boiling over with passion – wonderful stuff for a cartoonist.
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