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

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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