Tuesday, December 2, 2008

End of the line for a cartoonist

Journalists are known for their gallows humor, but the editorial cartoon in The Seattle Times a few days before Thanksgiving was downright disturbing.

Titled "Everything gravy? Not so much," the panel showed a fallen ax and two turkeys, one with its head missing. The intact Tom turns to his headless companion and says: "Ha! That's nothing. You should see my 401(k)."

If cartoonist Eric Devericks' art is a bit darker than usual these days, he can be forgiven. On Nov. 13, the ax fell on him.

"It's tough to try to be funny or witty when your life is a wreck," the 32-year-old artist says, managing a weak laugh.

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