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Dec. 16, 2008 at 7:36pm

David Seago (of Tacoma News Tribune Fame) Talks at Cartoonists Northwest Meeting

* * * SEAGO WATCH * * *

on the heels of Morgan's post.

Dave Seago from the CNW blog: "Editor emeritus David Seago retired after forty-one years at The News Tribune of Tacoma. This fact, contrary to conventional wisdom, proves that some editors have what it takes to survive decades of workplace exposure to editorial cartoonists. Still, it begs the question: how the hell did he do it?? And with staff editorial cartoonists disappearing faster than interest in Joe the Plumber, what will Dave have to say about the status (and the future) of satire on the pages of American newspapers?

When Dave takes the podium at the CNW November meeting, these answers and more will surely be a boon to any and all cartoonists who currently (or aspire to) work closely with print media editors. As the News Tribune noted upon Dave's retirement, he is  talented, thoughtful, fair, empathetic and scrupulously honest. He made the pages he edited a forum of riveting debate.  Dave will surely be a riveting speaker at the November meeting of CNW! Come early and get a seat up close to a genuine guru of the op-ed page."

David Seago's "Editorial Cartoonist in Decline Talk" summarized below with glamor shots of speaker courtesy of Cartoonists Northwest newsletter "PenStuff"

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comments [6]  |  posted under art, cartoonists, david seago, news tribune, tacoma


by morgan on 12/16/2008 @ 9:21pm
Good timing! I see he's still pretty involved with goings on at the TNT. This should be an interesting talk though.

by Erik on 12/16/2008 @ 9:58pm
Seago knows something about cartooning.

by scout on 12/17/2008 @ 8:24am
This comment is not specifically about newspaper cartoonists or directed at David Seago specifically -

That said, it is my opinion that just because someone has had the same job for a gazillion years does not necessarily reflect someone at the top of their game - a survivor maybe, but is tenure all that matters when it comes to garnering an asterisk on one's final resume?

I would want to examine more closely an organization that employs people for multiple decades and question it's ability to create, innovate, and initiate. More than forty years at one job brings one word to my mind - stagnate.

People that have done the same thing for forty plus years might be rigid, single-minded, and opposed to change.

Being creative and competitive in the world you have to adapt, while still maintaining a sense of personal integrity. This is not an easy thing to do but it makes for interesting, vibrant people and organizations - just my opinion.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 12/17/2008 @ 9:09am
Don't worry, scout, I doubt we'll ever live in another era where people can hold a job for 40 years. In the newspaper business the new record may end up being 40 months.

by NineInchNachos on 12/17/2008 @ 10:37pm
40 years is a long time to perfect the CRAFTSMANSHIP of any trade.

If we're talking samurai swords, I'd want mine made by the ancient master sword maker. Somebody who has been perfecting his skills over a lifetime.

by scout on 12/18/2008 @ 1:01am
Making samurai swords is all about perfected craftsmanship, but, in my opinion, writing editorials for 40 years for the same mediocre and liberal-biased paper, not so much.

Writing books, stories, scripts, screen plays, magazine articles, poetry - definitely hones writing skills. Editorial writers usually reflect the publisher's bias. It would be like doing the same homework assignment over and over and over again - I guess at first you'd get better - then you'd just get stale.


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