The disintegration of the newspaper business continued this week when the Syracuse Post-Standard announced it was going to a three-times-a-week schedule and laying off 115 employees, including staff cartoonist Frank Cammuso. The Daily Cartoonist caught up with Cammuso and shows he wasn’t caught entirely unawares:
A: You’ve done a lot of cartooning outside of the newspaper. What was the mix of non-editorial cartooning work to editorial cartooning? Is it enough that you can transition over fairly easy or will you need to do a lot of ramp up?
F: Unfortunately for political cartoonists the writing has been on the wall for a while. I have been writing and drawing graphic novels for the last ten years. Right now it takes up about two thirds of my work time. I have been in the making the transition for the last few years. This was actually the kick in the pants I needed to make the jump.
Cammuso’s kids series Knights of the Lunch Table is up to three volumes, and hopefully his jump will be to firmer ground. It’s certainly an example of staying flexible in times that call for it.