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Clay Jones Loses Free Lance-Star Cartooning Job

Clay Jones, a funny cartoonist who have been a long-time contributor to Cagle.com (check out his cartoons here), announced today that he’s been laid-off from his staff cartooning job at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

“I’ve enjoyed the camaraderie of the newsroom, election night pizza, breaking news, racing to the newsroom at midnight on a Sunday to cover the death of Osama bin Laden, receiving angry phone calls from readers, physical threats from a fireman, and that exasperated look on my editor’s face every time I showed him a cartoon he didn’t like.”

Jones doesn’t know what he’ll do next, although he does mention he’ll still be drawing two cartoons a week for the Free Lance-Star, and will continue drawing for syndication.

“I do know my career as a staff cartoonist, something I spent seven years fighting for before it finally happened, is over.  I do have other skills and I’m going to try to figure out what those are.  There’s gotta be an opportunity for a professional smart ass somewhere out there.”

UPDATE: After his editor killed his final cartoon and asked him to draw a new one as he walked out the door, Clay has decided not to freelance two cartoons a week for the Free Lance-Star. Interestingly, the killed cartoon (which I have featured above) is live on the Free Lance-Star’s web site.

By Daryl Cagle

Daryl Cagle is the founder and owner of Cagle Cartoons, Inc. He is one of the most widely published editorial cartoonists and is also the editor of The Cagle Post.