I was told that this cartoon had been pulled on the grounds of the topic being “too sensitive” for the features section (where the comic strips are published) and because the issue was being covered in the opinion page.
Thing is, nearly all of the opinion coverage was blaming the right in some fashion.
I don’t think there is anything inherently offensive about this cartoon. It’s not gratuitous, it’s not shocking or insulting, and it isn’t profane in any way. The most controversial thing about it I would have to say is the phrase “blood on their hands,” which I have heard repeating many times from liberal pundits and commenters over the last few days. And even if the opinion coverage had been exhausting the topic, this side of the controversy had not been covered.
I feel like this cartoon was rejected because of the opinion, not the subject matter. That, or the comic strip medium is not being taken seriously as a platform for any serious political commentary.When I applied as a cartoonist, I made no secret that I planned to cover politics, and that my cartoons would have a conservative slant. If I was expected to avoid giving commentary on controversial subjects (politics does tend to be controversial), then I shouldn’t have been hired. I am concerned when I am told that a topic is essentially “off-limits” to me, but not to the opinion staff.
I am trying to arrange a meeting to discuss the cartoon with someone to find out what, specifically, was objectionable about it, and to express that I am willing to make some changes to a degree to allow the cartoon to be published. From where I stand right now, this rejection seems unwarranted and unfair. I hope I can get some clarification or resolution in the next day or so, and to hopefully have this cartoon published in the IDS.