In the last couple weeks I made a big decision: to retire my Sutton Impact comic strip. I began the strip 12 years ago and the Village Voice picked it up 9 years ago. My final strip is out today:
I’d been thinking about this for some time and although it was a hard decision to make, once I made it I felt liberated, energized and excited.
Many factors led to the decision, not the least of which was the weekly deadline stress every Friday. Getting my Fridays back means 52 more work days a year to devote to new projects and branching out artistically in new directions.
After making the decision, both the Art Director and the Editor tried to sway me back and to change my mind, and that meant a lot. Many cartoonists have been fired/dropped from the Voice over the years and my exit really worked out in an ideal way. I hope to keep creating cartoons for the Voice, but not on any regular, weekly schedule.