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Why the Journal Sentinel laid off Stuart Carlson
Milwaukee magazine has tried to explain why the Journal Sentinel let go of its cartoonist Stuart Carlson who took a “voluntary” buyout this summer.
Longtime Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial cartoonist Stuart Carlson didn’t go quietly. “I was told they could not justify having a full-time staff position,” he says. “I voluntarily took the buyout – but voluntarily as when somebody puts a gun to your head and says, ‘Hand over your wallet.’”
His departure stunned many. “It’s very tragic,” says Bill Sanders, the former Milwaukee Journal cartoonist who retired in 1991. “Stuart is doing first-class work. I think they made a major mistake.
Not sure they really explain why, as they mostly write about the loss of cartooning jobs in the last couple of decades. The one new revelation is that after cutting Stuart’s job, they went to Gary Markstein their cartoonist that they reassigned to a designers position and asked him to provide local cartoons to which he declined. Good for him. Gary is the co=creator of Daddy’s Home.