There used to be over a thousand cartoonists in America working for things called newspapers: drawing political cartoons, illustrating battlefields—often on the front page where people could see them!
A series of innovations dwindled our ranks to nearly nothing: Photography, the internet, numbered listicles telling the story of the Egyptian Revolution in Jurassic Park gifs. Cartoons can’t compete with that.
Except they can. Drawing still seemed to me like the best medium for communicating ideas, especially online, which is why I took up a career in a field with no jobs that everyone said was dying.
Anyway, enough with the history lesson: Today I start drawing comics for Medium full time. I’m air dropping into this little experiment in writing and publishing to lob some cartoons bombs—the big ‘ol round ones with long wicks we like to draw.
Here’s my first piece, “Unpaid Internships Must Be Destroyed.” Not to give too much away, but I don’t really care for them. I also posted some recent comics on bombing Syria, white birthrates in America, and a modest proposal for profiling in our inner cities.
I’ll be editing a collection on Medium, The Nib, featuring political cartoons, comics journalism, and other non-fiction comics from some of the best in the field. Comic journalists like Susie Cagle and Wendy MacNaughton; political cartoonists Ted Rall, Jen Sorensen, and Brian McFadden of The New York Times, one of them “newspapers” I was talking about.
Expect new editorial cartoons from me every week, as well as longer opinion comics, illustrated journalism, doodled takedowns, infographics, and, well, whatever I want, really. I’m being given incredible freedom here to do what I do.
I love the Freedom so much I’ll probably even go crazy and do some writing once in a while. That’s still a good medium for doing a few things, I guess.