Street Artists Speak Up

| May / June 2004

With the mainstream media growing more timid by the minute, artists with a conscience are going public in bold new ways

Are editorial cartoonists going the way of the dodo bird? Increasingly, yes. Newspaper mergers and subsequent downsizing have left many major dailies with no staff cartoonist. And, if the media consolidation doesn't get you, observers warn, the politically conservative post-September 11 climate just might.

Last year, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman famously resigned from The New Yorker to protest what he viewed as the magazine's political cowardice in light of 9/11.