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Scranton's Cartoonist

A few weeks ago the Scranton Times-Tribune posted a short item noting that the newspaper’s editorial cartoonist, John Cole, was going to be featured on a live TV show. The notice also included the fact that John had gotten his start in drawing cartoons during four years at Washington and Lee. A 1980 W&L graduate in journalism, John started out in Durham, N.C., at what was then The Morning Sun, where he moved up from a general news artist to the editorial cartoonist. He moved to Scranton in 2005 and does five to seven full-color cartoons each week, which is much, much easier said than done.  In 2004, he won first place in the John Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Competition at Columbia University. (His winning cartoon, “Strom Thurmond’s South,” is on the competition page.) Last fall one of John’s cartoons resulted in a protest outside the newspaper building. You can follow John’s work and comment on it at his ‘Toon Blog. Check it out, and you’ll find there’s lots more to Scranton than the Dunder-Mifflin Paper Company.