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Sat Oct 6, 2012, 01:37 AM

Axed Cartoonist (Tom Tomorrow) Blasts Village Voice Ownership, ‘Bain Capital of the Altweeklies’

Source: New York Observer

Axed Cartoonist Blasts Village Voice Ownership, ‘Bain Capital of the Altweeklies’

By Hunter Walker 10/05 10:29pm

Tom Tomorrow, the pseudonymous cartoonist who describes his comic strip, ‘This Modern World,’ as having run in the Village Voice “with a couple of small interruptions” since 1995 announced the paper ended its relationship with him today on his blog and in a series of expletive-laden tweets this evening.

“Unsurprising news: my cartoon just got shitcanned from the Village Voice by the assholes at corporate hq,” Mr. Tomorrow wrote.

In his blog post, Mr. Tomorrow said he has been expecting the paper to stop publishing his strip since the departure of editor-in-chief Tony Ortega last month.

“A few years back the powers that be at the Village Voice chain decided to shitcan all cartoons across the chain (costing me over a dozen major cities in a single day—it was like a nuclear first strike on my career). The one exception for me was the Village Voice itself, because editor Tony Ortega was a hardcore fan of my cartoon, and fought some serious battles to keep it in,” Mr. Tomorrow wrote. “He resigned a couple weeks ago, and I’ve been waiting for the axe to fall there, and was not remotely surprised to learn just now from the interim editor that my cartoon will no longer be running in their paper.”

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“Made it almost to the end of the paper’s run, which I can’t imagine is terribly far away if they can’t afford my cheap rates,” he wrote, adding, ”If I had a job at village voice media, I’d sure as hell be polishing my resume. #dyingchain.”

Read more: http://observer.com/2012/10/axed-cartoonist-blasts-village-voice-media-bain-capital-of-the-altweeklies/

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Reply Axed Cartoonist (Tom Tomorrow) Blasts Village Voice Ownership, ‘Bain Capital of the Altweeklies’ (Original post)
Hissyspit Oct 2012 OP
jsr Oct 2012 #1
Archae Oct 2012 #2
regnaD kciN Oct 2012 #3
jamal49 Oct 2012 #8
greiner3 Oct 2012 #15
Robeysays Oct 2012 #30
Bozita Oct 2012 #4
snot Oct 2012 #5
CrispyQ Oct 2012 #28
Supersedeas Oct 2012 #50
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Kurovski Oct 2012 #6
Ken Burch Oct 2012 #7
Spitfire of ATJ Oct 2012 #9
Jim Lane Oct 2012 #10
Spitfire of ATJ Oct 2012 #11
Panasonic Oct 2012 #12
JHB Oct 2012 #16
Tigress DEM Oct 2012 #18
graham4anything Oct 2012 #13
smirkymonkey Oct 2012 #23
graham4anything Oct 2012 #25
marybourg Oct 2012 #27
alp227 Oct 2012 #35
Swagman Oct 2012 #14
Tigress DEM Oct 2012 #17
jsr Oct 2012 #19
Rosa Luxemburg Oct 2012 #20
Starry Messenger Oct 2012 #21
tonekat Oct 2012 #22
tabasco Oct 2012 #24
CrispyQ Oct 2012 #26
aikoaiko Oct 2012 #29
SecularMotion Oct 2012 #31
aikoaiko Oct 2012 #32
Hissyspit Oct 2012 #34
SecularMotion Oct 2012 #37
Crunchy Frog Oct 2012 #33
Zorra Oct 2012 #36
Tigress DEM Oct 2012 #40
brooklynite Oct 2012 #45
Tigress DEM Oct 2012 #47
Pterodactyl Oct 2012 #38
IDemo Oct 2012 #39
Pterodactyl Oct 2012 #41
IDemo Oct 2012 #42
Pterodactyl Oct 2012 #46
ProudToBeBlueInRhody Oct 2012 #43
Pterodactyl Oct 2012 #44
Hassin Bin Sober Oct 2012 #48
wordpix Oct 2012 #51
NuttyFluffers Oct 2012 #49

Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 01:45 AM

1. "a hearty FUCK YOU VILLAGE VOICE MEDIA"

Amen.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 01:47 AM

2. What the hell is going on at the Village Voice?

Are they deliberately trying to alienate all their readers?

(BTW, I'm a faithful reader of Tom Tomorrow both here and at Daily Kos.)

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 01:54 AM

3. When VV took over the Seattle Weekly...

...the first thing they did was to fire the progressive editor (Knute Berger) and chief editorial columnist (Geov Parrish), and phase out political coverage in favor of "lifestyle" interests. Except, of course, for creating a mock advice column, "Ask the Uptight Seattlite," which mocked the stereotypical resident here as a faded flower-child clinging to political correctness and tree-hugging, a figure of ridicule for the "hip," ironic urban neo-yuppies and yuppie-wannabes they saw as their new demographic. The only time they got political: when the City of Seattle criticized them for the VV's "backpage" website (allegedly) taking insufficient measures to prevent underage teens from advertising in their "escort services" section, which criticism they of course treated as an infringement of the First Amendment worthy of ranking alongside the most heinous civil-liberties violations in the history of the world.

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Response to regnaD kciN (Reply #3)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 02:45 AM

8. b.s.

Those allegations by the City of Seattle were proven to be false, that the VV had every safeguard short of face-to-face interviews with ad-placers to ensure that no one underage was placing ads. The VV was right in that aspect since it believes that consenting adults should be able to freely advertise their desire for social connections. What those social connections entail are between the consenting adults.

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Response to jamal49 (Reply #8)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 07:10 AM

15. Hmmmm;

From 'HOPE FOR JUSTICE;'

http://hopeforjustice.org/2012/09/26/seattle-weekly-under-new-ownership-dropping-ads-that-foster-underage-prostitution/


"Seattle Weekly Under New Ownership; Dropping Ads that Foster Underage Prostitution..."

"Some controversy still lies in the fact that Seattle Weekly will continue to offer print space for other adult ventures (i.e. massage parlors and phone sex), even though they recognize that it is the escort ads that were the most destructive in terms of underage activity, due to the fact that proof of age wasn’t always required from the pimps placing the ads.

Me thinks the poster protesteth too much!

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Response to jamal49 (Reply #8)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 02:15 PM

30. so you are in favor of gay marriage then right?

 

"right in that aspect since it believes that consenting adults should be able to freely advertise their desire for social connections".

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 02:05 AM

4. I *heart* Tom Tomorrow ... Bigtime!

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 02:09 AM

5. We have allowed the 1% to acquire ownership of the media; and

we're allowing them to acquire ownership of the internet.

How many people here frequent the Media group?

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Response to snot (Reply #5)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 12:18 PM

28. Excellent post.

I added them to my list.

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Response to snot (Reply #5)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 09:35 AM

50. there ya have it.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 02:14 AM

6. *

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 02:21 AM

7. Here's a link for anybody who wants(and we ALL should want)to join "Sparky's List"

http://thismodernworld.us5.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=8c0b845e697a5327910af76a9&id=9903d575d3

Tom Tomorrow has drawn truth to power for years now. He fights for us with every cartoon he draws. Now, we need to stand with him.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 03:59 AM

9. Tom with a friend...

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 04:06 AM

10. Sadly, the Voice is just a shadow of its former self.

I moved to NYC in 1979. Back then, each issue of the Voice had so much good stuff in it that it was hard to find the time to get through each issue before the next one hit the streets a week later.

These days, the paper is considerably slimmer. What content remains is indeed much more tilted toward the "lifestyle" category.

Occasionally, the cover story exposes some stark injustice, generally on a local NYC topic, that the other media aren't touching. These are all-too-infrequent reminders of what the Voice once was.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 04:15 AM

11. One of my favs....

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 04:35 AM

12. Wonder if he has a few books out

 

with his cartoons - I'd love to order it.

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Response to Panasonic (Reply #12)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 07:35 AM

16. Several

Just look'em up

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 05:08 AM

13. as a NYer, the voice is not what it was 5 years ago since its sale then

 

all political writers were either fired or had their salary reduced to nothing and they quit

and basically it is a classified ads (but they still have the single best ads for live music in the NY/NJ area and movie ads in the city).

and prudes should not look in the back of it, the last 10 pages are all sex ads now, very descriptive ones too.

It is free in Manhattan and almost impossible to find outside of the city.

but when the rightwing syndicate purchased them, that was the end of them being the #1 political weekly(or close to #1) in prestige nationwide.

If someone asked me should they subscribe, I would say no, and don't pay the weekly price at a newstand (but if you see a box on the street, take a free one(as it is free in Manhattan.)

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #13)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 11:12 AM

23. I agree. I lived in NYC up until a few months ago and found the VV almost unreadable

by the time I left. It just didn't have any content that particularly interested me anymore. It used to be very radical and cutting edge, but by the time I left the city it was just a boring rag.

Sad. NYC has sold out to corporations in a number of ways.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #23)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 12:02 PM

25. its also that people gave up reading daily & weekly newspapers

 

and once the voice went free in Manhattan, and has been getting smaller and smaller and worse and worse (only Mike Musto is still there, though Dan Savage has a sex column in the back)
but one can read it all online (SIGHHH) and before it was free, not enough people paid the weekly price.

and on top, the corporations of course don't want any left of center news

Also competing were those 2 free daily "newspapers" both right wing based in content which of course helped stop people from buying other newspapers, not that any of them are really good anymore
(Murdock's Post and Daily News and the Wall Street Journal
and the NY Times which since Jayson Blair and Judith Mller,has also become further and further rightwing.

That's what happened when (though he wasn't perfect) Dan Rather was tossed to the wolves and the public didn't care and believed the other side, and all media became trash.
Which is how we ended up with 12 years of Bush and another Bush looking toward 2016.

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #13)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 12:15 PM

27. Something had to have been very wrong with it for it

to have been vulnerable to a take-over by of all weak little imitators, the Phoenix New Times!

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #13)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 11:19 PM

35. This whole deal smells like Bain Capital right here.

There's a free weekly (non-VV) in my area. That weekly carries Tom Tomorrow. His cartoons are funny. I was shocked to read he was fired. And then I read about Village Voice Media in Wikipedia, what happened to it in the mid-2000s sounds like what Bain Capital did to companies like Sensata and Staples. No, I do not have memories of VV like you do as I would consider 2006 or 2007 the time I was old enough to care about whatever VV covered (I was in the middle of high school at the time).

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 07:06 AM

14. does Murdoch still own VV ?

what a pathetic decision. Tom Tomorrow is one brilliant cartoonist.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 07:54 AM

17. Protest Tom's firing by buying his books

http://www.amazon.com/Tom-Tomorrow/e/B001IXTUSG

Amazon has his books available USED too, so if money is an issue, don't be proud - the point is to rock his numbers as a protest.


The Very Silly Mayor by Tom Tomorrow (Oct 1, 2009)
The Future's So Bright I Can't Bear to Look by Tom Tomorrow (Sep 30, 2008)
Hell in a Handbasket by Tom Tomorrow (Mar 23, 2006)
The Great Big Book of Tomorrow: A Treasury of Cartoons by Tom Tomorrow (Aug 18, 2003)
Penguin Soup for the Soul: A Novel by Tom Tomorrow (Aug 15, 1998)
The Wrath of Sparky by Tom Tomorrow (Jul 15, 1996)
Greetings from the Modern World by Tom Tomorrow and Bill Griffith (Aug 15, 1992)
When Penguins Attack! by Tom Tomorrow (Sep 16, 2000)
Tune In Tomorrow by Tom Tomorrow (Aug 15, 1994)

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Response to Tigress DEM (Reply #17)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 08:57 AM

19. Done.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 09:26 AM

20. This is shocking

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 10:26 AM

21. Damn!

 

I've been reading Tom Tomorrow since I was in college. I hope he blasts the VV in a piece.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 10:45 AM

22. How Far they have Fallen

My older sister of all people, actually had a subscription to the VV back in the 60s, shortly after she made the mistake of turning down scholarships to college to marry her redneck husband. When at her house, I loved reading the Voice while the adults made small talk over coffee, as it was a window out of my stupid upstate town to a world with options, not to mention it's coverage of music.

Sis has been fully assimilated since then, a classic example of a low-information voter as are her four adult kids and we don't talk anymore.

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Response to tonekat (Reply #22)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 12:00 PM

24. I just want to say

I like your post.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 12:14 PM

26. I got a lotta laughs when I sported this bumper sticker in the back window of my truck in '04.



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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 12:25 PM

29. "series of expletive-laden tweets"? Who is the delicate flower now?

More seriously, I like most of his toons and I'm sure they will still be with us for a long time through one media channel or another.

Since Village Voice broke off its prostitution facilitating Backpage.com restructuring was very likely.




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Response to aikoaiko (Reply #29)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 03:00 PM

31. You delicate flower, you

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Response to SecularMotion (Reply #31)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 03:05 PM

32. I'm not offended, are you?


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Response to SecularMotion (Reply #31)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 11:14 PM

34. Wow, not even remotely equivalent.

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Response to Hissyspit (Reply #34)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 06:13 AM

37. I posted as a point of reference, not as a response

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 10:06 PM

33. WTF? Tom Tommorrow got shitcanned?

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 12:31 AM

36. Rats. His cartoons are awesome, the best political toons out there. nt

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Response to Zorra (Reply #36)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 05:23 PM

40. You can BUY them. Makes a good protest against him being fired too.

http://www.amazon.com/Tom-Tomorrow/e/B001IXTUSG

Amazon has his books available USED too, so if money is an issue, don't be proud - the point is to rock his numbers as a protest.


The Very Silly Mayor by Tom Tomorrow (Oct 1, 2009)
The Future's So Bright I Can't Bear to Look by Tom Tomorrow (Sep 30, 2008)
Hell in a Handbasket by Tom Tomorrow (Mar 23, 2006)
The Great Big Book of Tomorrow: A Treasury of Cartoons by Tom Tomorrow (Aug 18, 2003)
Penguin Soup for the Soul: A Novel by Tom Tomorrow (Aug 15, 1998)
The Wrath of Sparky by Tom Tomorrow (Jul 15, 1996)
Greetings from the Modern World by Tom Tomorrow and Bill Griffith (Aug 15, 1992)
When Penguins Attack! by Tom Tomorrow (Sep 16, 2000)
Tune In Tomorrow by Tom Tomorrow (Aug 15, 1994)

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Response to Tigress DEM (Reply #40)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 11:17 AM

45. How is this a protest?

You're not affecting the circulation of the VV, nor are you affecting the revenue stream of its advertisers.

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #45)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 02:21 AM

47. It's a way of putting the man's creative work BACK into circulation.

I don't CARE about the VV or it's advertisers. But if his book sales get a big bump, it's still numbers and he might get another gig (a better gig maybe) because it's a way to show he has a fan base.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 10:06 AM

38. Tom Tomorrow isn't very funny.

Maybe it's just me, but I never found Tom Tomorrow funny and I skip over his strips.

Fortunatley for Tom, in this internet age, you can publish just about anything you want on the web and no one will stop you.

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Response to Pterodactyl (Reply #38)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 10:28 AM

39. I don't know that knee-slapping laughter is the point

If you've kept aware of the state of absurdity of politics and media, the satire may seem self evident, sort of like The Onion.

Myself, I think he's outdone in the cartoon world possibly only by Mike Luckovich.

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Response to IDemo (Reply #39)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 05:24 PM

41. Yeah, I should have said not funny and not interesting.

I'm sure a lot of people like it, but it is just not my thing.

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Response to Pterodactyl (Reply #41)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 06:17 PM

42. Just interesting enough to drop by and comment on?

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Response to IDemo (Reply #39)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 10:15 PM

46. Yeah, maybe I've lost track of the absurdity.

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Response to Pterodactyl (Reply #38)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 09:58 PM

43. Yeah, it's no Mallard Fillmore!

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Response to ProudToBeBlueInRhody (Reply #43)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 11:23 PM

44. I don't know that one. Is it any good?

Last edited Wed Oct 10, 2012, 09:21 AM - Edit history (1)

I mostly like Dilbert and XKCD. Haven't kept up with the latest.

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Response to ProudToBeBlueInRhody (Reply #43)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 03:22 AM

48. +1000 Nail meet head.

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Response to Pterodactyl (Reply #38)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 09:41 AM

51. i think so

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Fri Oct 12, 2012, 08:47 AM

49. yes they are. utter shit. won't touch SF Weekly with 10' pole.

SF Bay Guardian for me.

media deregulation and consolidation has been a blight upon our land for far too long.

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