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Cartoonist Duffy among staff let go by The Des Moines Register
Several sources have confirmed that longtime Des Moines Register editorial cartoonist Brian Duffy is the latest victim of job cuts in the paper’s newsroom, although it is unclear whether he was laid off or accepted a buy out.
The paper is expected to lay off several more people today.
Duffy’s departure could mean the end of a tradition at the paper of front-page editorial cartoons dating back to 1906. The paper has won numerous Pulitzers for its editorial cartoons, including work by Jay Norwood Darling and the legendary Frank Miller. The Register is currently the only paper in the country that still runs a cartoon on its front page.
According to Duffy’s profile on The Register’s Web site:
Brian Duffy has been the Register’s editorial cartoonist since 1983. He has been working as a cartoonist and illustrator for more than 30 years. He has received two Best of Gannett awards, two World Hunger Media awards and was a finalist for the prestigious John Fischetti Award for editorial cartooning. His two books are “A Decade of Duffy” and “More of Duffy,” published in 1995. His cartoons are syndicated by King Features Syndicate. Duffy attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. He lives in Des Moines with his wife and four children.
The names of the others let go by the paper are still not available.