Steve Artley writes in,
Here's a bit about my resumption of editorial cartooning. Frankly, I missed the soapbox. After walking away from the editorial side of the drawing board in October of last year, editor/publisher of Connection Newspapers, Mary Kimm (http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/staff/mary_kimm/) has been urging me to resume, and has been gently hinting she'd like to have me at the Alexandria Gazette Packet. So, a couple of weeks ago, I wandered into her office and madly threw myself on the floor at her feet. Sobbing pathetically, I begged her to take me in. Taking pity on me, she consoled me, wiped my tears with her cardigan and gave me hot cocoa and a Graham cracker, and told me that I could bring in my crayons and my Big Chief drawing pad to scribble my little political renderings. So, I started this week. Meanwhile, I am continuing with my Aphelion Arc project and other professional duties in the commercial arts, as-well-as charitable work, community service, and hobbies. It's a full plate, but I prefer much being over-worked to being idle.
It'll be nice working with Mary Kimm and other professional journalists such as Michael Pope (http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/staff/michael-lee-pope/), Jeannie Theisman (http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/staff/jeanne-theismann/) and Steven Mauren (http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/staff/steven_mauren/) at this award-winning newspaper.
I'll likely be focusing more on local issues than I have in the past. Local issue cartooning is a challenge and in many ways more daring than tackling national and international topics. You're rubbing shoulders with and living alongside those who may be targets of your political commentary. I firmly adhere to a principle of avoiding personal ridicule in my cartoons. It's not about the person. It's about her/his policies. Still, feathers do get ruffled and it's a bit different when you're standing close enough to feel those ruffled feathers pressing against you.
Please refer to my blog for other particulars: http://artleytoonsonline.blogspot.com/
The attached cartoon is one I did last week as a warm-up. Another one will appear in tomorrow's Gazette, so it's not yet available for distribution. The attached has been distributed to my syndicate (ARTIZANS) and other media outlets.