Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Laid-off Tampa newspaper artist reinvents himself

When editorial cartoonist David O'Keefe got his pink slip from the Tampa Tribune it almost took his breath away.

He'd spent 27 years at the Trib, the first 10 driving trucks as he waited for a newsroom opening. Once inside the art department his flair for compressing politicians, entertainers and athletes into wicked clay sculptures and caricatures found a national audience. The likes of Time, Sports Illustrated, and Mad magazines showcased his work. His footing seemed secure.

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