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Village Voice Media Drops All Syndicated Cartoons

The chain of 15 papers, including the LA Weekly and OC Weekly, will not longer publish syndicated cartoons. Included in this sweep is “This Modern World” by Tom Tomorrow, who writes on his blog:

Village Voice Media is hurting in this economy like everyone else, and their corporate response is to “suspend” cartoons … across the chain, said suspension to last at least through the rest of the first quarter, and quite possibly beyond.

The papers I was running in are: Dallas Observer, New Times Ft. Lauderdale, Houston Press, LA Weekly, Minneapolis City Pages, Nashville Scene, OC Weekly, Pitch Weekly, Denver Westword and the Village Voice (though there is a small possibility of a reprieve for the latter)… oops, forgot one: Seattle Weekly.

The Minnesota Independent reports:

Confirming the network-wide move, City Pages editor Kevin Hoffman said he expects some reader backlash over the suspension of “This Modern World,” which he called a popular feature. “I’m a big fan, but unfortunately it’s one of those functions of a bad economy,” he said. Cutting out syndicated comics, he added, is part of an effort to “trim where we can while inflicting the least damage – realizing that we’re already cutting bone.”

There has been no indication that the local cartoons of Mr. Fish, Lalo Lopez and Bruce Eric Kaplan will also be dropped.

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