A great many visitors to the site will see my local cartoons and move on without having a clue about what I'm drawing about. The cartoon above refers to the perpetual story of a decaying building in Hamilton's downtown and the lack of political will to decide its fate. I post the brief explanatory to the right of each 'toon hoping it'll put some context to each cartoon.
It is often said that the it's the local cartoons which are best appreciated by newspaper readers. They often bring in the most feedback, and may occasionally cause some to cancel their subscriptions. Perhaps that is why some of the tamest cartoons I've ever drawn are subject to greater scrutiny by my editors due to their potential for local provocation. It's far more acceptable to spear a national leader with the same degree of satire than it is a local mayor or councillor. If an editor kills a local cartoon because he thinks it goes too far, then you've basically wasted 4 to 5 hours on something that will never get published anywhere else.
So while local editorial cartoons often beats any chance that some generic cartoon drawn by some freelancer hundreds of miles away will get printed, there's still a greater chance that the local cartoon will be under more scrutiny. Increasingly, I'm finding the local cartoons to be more of a hassle to draw than the non-local cartoons. The result is that I've been doing less the local stuff, which is unfortunate, because a city like Hamilton could use more satire.
Posted at 11:30 am by Graeme_MacKay