September 27, 2005

Jamar Nicholas, Mild-Mannered Editorial Cartoonist

Pennsylvania Gov. Rendell pacifying SEPTA - PA's local transit amidst money woes (Again)

As most of you do not know - I am the current editorial cartoonist for the Philadelphia Tribune - the nations oldest Black Newspaper. I've been doing it for almost 2 1/2 years now, 2 strips a week off and on.

It's been more off than on lately, as I don't get much input from the paper on my stuff, good-bad or indifferent, and in some cases makes it hard for me to gauge where a piece needs to go, or to make a story link up with the focus of the OP/ED page. I sometimes get the paper to find my cartoon has no relationship to what the paper is speaking out against that day, and it frustrates me. I am really the type that needs the constant back/forth with clients to let me know that things are still moving forward. I LIKE input! How forward of me.

It's odd how I fell into doing this - it basically began with me looking for a new freelance gig, and I walked into the paper offices and asked if they needed a cartoonist. Comes to find out they did! I did some samples, and next thing you know, I'm rolling thick, with 24's on my car, and iced-out air fresheners on the rear-view. Heh.

But for real, I just kinda started doing editorial strips. I never thought of this as something I'd ever do - but I always followed the big editorial cartoonists, my good friend Signe Wilkinson, Jim Borgman, the late Jeff McNelly, Mike Peters, Pat Oliphant, Horsey - yunno, the good ones. Even new cats like my pal Keef Knight, Lalo Alcaraz - they made it look easy. I still struggle at it, and it's once in a blue moon that I strike on a jewel of an idea, and it makes me feel like it's all worth it.

baby steps

Jacked from my man Mike Manley's blog. Photo by him.

Just getting back into the blogging mix after my man Mike Manley dropped such a great post on the SPX/EXPO we just went to last weekend. Plus I like this new brownish layout. It makes me feel fuzzy inside.