Friday, April 25, 2014

All Good Things...

We have some news to share with you, our faithful and loyal readers.

For the past 6 years, The Daily Felltoon online service has been bringing you editorial cartoons, breaking news, and commentary each business day. For nationally-known cartoonist Paul Fell, writer and journalist Shawn Peirce, our current editor Amy Menge, and a handful of others over the years, this project has been a real labor of love. It has given us a national forum in which to share our views of current events, and has fostered positive and helpful discussions and comments from our many faithful subscribers.

Sadly, the time has come to pull the plug on The Daily Felltoon service. During the 6-year run of the Felltoon, we have provided online content at no charge to our subscribers. We have had lengthy discussions with other professionals in the media and have reluctantly decided that our staff can no longer invest the time and energy required to continue without showing some kind of a realistic profit. Unfortunately, in the media landscape today, those with the resources to support quality journalism rarely do so, while those who use and appreciate quality journalism often do not have the means to support it.

Our namesake, Editor-in-Chief and cartoonist Paul Fell, will still be creating his fantastic editorial cartoons for Artizans Syndicate. You will be able to see them daily at artizans.com, editorialcartoonists.com, or at Paul's website, paulfellcartoons.com. Paul will also continue to create his weekly cartoons for the Nebraska Press Association and the Oklahoma Gazette. He'll be soliciting freelance assignments in cartooning and humorous illustration as well.

Our webmaster, and primary writer, Shawn "Smith" Peirce is also moving on. Shawn's position as Assistant Executive Producer of the nationally syndicated Randi Rhodes talk radio show is coming to an end, as that show ends its ten year run on May 16th. Shawn is already looking to leave South Florida and seek greener career pastures in the Washington, D.C. area. As an experienced national radio producer, on-air talent, writer, journalist, webmaster, and graphic designer, we have no doubt he'll find someone in DC in need of his skills very soon.

Our editor Amy Menge's life has also grown notably more busy lately, with the wonderful recent addition of a second child to her family, as well as her professional language and document translation business. She also assists with her husband's cartoon and science fiction writing, including their primary project these days (other than their kids), the online comic book 'Snow By Night.'

We're proud of the work we've produced with The Daily Felltoon, and the discussions we've fostered nationally. Those discussions have been more important than many people may realize. Our subscribers include a surprisingly diverse and highly-placed group of people. Members of Congress and their staff, White House staff, members of several state legislatures and governor's offices have been reading our work every weekday for the past 6 years. Board members of local and national media organizations, as well as professional cartoonists, other artists, writers, musicians, and linguists have also been enjoying what we've proudly provided.

We will miss the opportunity to continue to share with you Paul's fantastic cartoons, our editorial commentary, and the best aggregation of news links and stories that the best in the media have to offer.  We each have other challenges ahead of us, though - and as the old axiom goes, 'All good things must come to an end.'

If you'd like to drop us a line of farewell, feel free to post a comment below, or send e-mails to webmaster@paulfellcartoons.com.

Thank you for your support and appreciation through the years.

We'll have one final edition a week from today, on May 2, 2014.