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Original Ted Rall Sells for $355

Cartoonist Ted Rall wasn’t too happy with the prevailing wages in the newspaper world, so he decided to try a novel approach to having his work commissioned–auctioning his services on eBay. That was about a week ago and the results are in. For $355, a man named Doug Kennan has commissioned Rall to create a cartoon about “hemp.”

Rall was happy enough with the result that it looks like he’s going to auction himself off again. Writes Rall on his blog: “If you lost, fear not for you’ll have another chance tomorrow.”

Previously on Fishbowl LA: Buy Ted Rall on eBay

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Buy Ted Rall On eBay

LA Times (among other places) cartoonist Ted Rall is apparently fed up with the pay grade in the media world. So he’s taking a new tact–auctioning his services to the highest bidder online.

Writes Rall: “You can be an individual or the editor of a huge newspaper. Either way, I’m auctioning off the right to commission a cartoon about any topic. You get the right to print or post the art AND you get the original artwork. I’ve just posted it to eBay.”

Rall started the bidding at 99 cents. He’s up to $202.50. “Still a bargain” as he puts it. Place your bid here.

H/T Altweeklies.com

Cartoonist Daryl Cagle Takes on Huffpo

zyglis.gifDaryl Cagle just let Huffpo have it in a post on his blog:

The Huffington Post, which famously pays nothing to it’s writers, has a ridiculous piece by Jason Notte about “Ten Features That Are Dying with your Newspaper;” included on the list are editorial cartoons and one comic, The Family Circus. Notte writes:


9. Editorial Cartoons: You know those witty, insightful, stinging illustrated summaries of current events that make their way onto the op-ed page? In 10 years, you may be in the minority. If newspaper’s death knell is ringing, editorial cartoonists are pulling the rope. The head of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists said four years ago that the number of full-time editorial cartoonists in the U.S. had dropped from 200 to 80. For his part, cartoonist and AAEC president Ted Rall has been putting together nearly as many layoff updates as illustrations these days. Remember when censorship was an editorial cartoonist’s biggest worry? Apparently, those were the good times.

This is typical of the Huffington Post’s attitude about the “death of newspapers” as they crow about how they are the next new big thing in journalism – although they operate on round after round of venture financing, without a sustainable business model, stocked with content from volunteers.

Damn. We can smell the burning hair from here.

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