Record cartoonist resigns
It took a sharp-eyed Mad Magazine collector to notice the similarities, but a recent Park Record cartoon submitted by John Kilbourn, unfortunately, was a dead ringer for a Mort Druker drawing entitled "Bananaz."
Kilbourn, who has been drawing cartoons for The Record since April, 1997 said he believed he had made enough changes in the original to warrant re-running it with a different caption. However, after receiving a fax of the original drawing from KPCW reporter Rick Brough on Tuesday, Record publisher Andy Bernhard and editor Nan Chalat-Noaker say they had no other choice than to ask for Kilbourn’s resignation.
"It cuts to the credibility of the editorial page," said Bernhard.
"I was crushed," said Noaker adding "Kilbourn had a talent for pinching our sacred cows and making us uncomfortable in a very healthy way. I will miss his work tremendously but I think John understood that whether it pertains to the written word or artwork, we have to maintain strict standards for originality."
Kilbourn’s work had been both praised and pounded by members of the community. His favorite targets were members of the Utah Legislature – some of whom laughed along with Kilbourn at their own foibles.
The Utah Press Association repeatedly awarded Kilbourn first-place honors for his witty caricatures and his scandalous portrayal of Summit County’s diverse citizens.
"I am heartbroken over this situation. John has been doing cartoons for many, many years and had the unique ability to satirically and artistically capture the essence of any event in our community and it is with dumbfounded sadness that I have accepted his resignation," added Bernhard.
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