Sunday, March 9 2014, 10:18 PM MDT
Web Exclusive: Adapting Cartoons to Technology
SHAUNA LAKE: What do you feel like about publication now? I mean papers are struggling a little bit. The internet, it’s a whole new world I’m sure since you first started. What is that like for you?
PAT BAGLEY: It’s kind of tough these days. When I started there were 300 papers that had their own cartoonist, 300 staff positions, and today there may be 40. So I’m one of the few that still has a staff position doing what I do. That’s true partly because I am such a good fit with Utah. I understand the area, and I provide a feature to the Salt Lake Tribune that otherwise they wouldn’t have. It has some character, where papers who don’t have their own cartoonist kind of lose that.
SHAUNA LAKE: Do you ever worry about people seeing your cartoon on an iPad or a phone for example, if it loses some of the essence of what it intended when you were designing it.
PAT BAGLEY: Well when you see a cartoon that’s two inches big, yeah, it’s going to lose something. But actually I’ve got an iPad, and I pull up the news on my iPad and it translates fairly well.
SHAUNA LAKE: So it doesn’t hurt in an artistic sense?
PAT BAGLEY: Oh no, no, no, no, no. In fact the internet and all of social media is very image friendly. You know if you can throw an image on your Twitter or on your Facebook page you’re going to get people looking at it.
-Written and Produced by Leslie Tillotson
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