[pdx_media] The Ohmanless Oregonian

2883.This shouldn’t have happened on Bob Ross’s 70th birthday, man. Just isn’t fair. One of the best things at The Oregonian isn’t there anymore, starting today.

Jack Ohman … a personal hero of mine, and one of the reasons that The Big O’s editorial page was still a must-visit for us, is no longer there. This, from the pape, today:

The Oregonian’s prize-winning editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman has decided to leave the paper. Ohman, who had worked at the paper for nearly 30 years, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize this year.

The message, with the warm byline of simply The Oregonian, was only about four mere paragraphs. So much for an award-winning cartoonist who was nominated for the Pulitzer last year, and with the OR-7 For President campaign, was at the top of a very cool form. Seems a bit wan and un-sincere. Jack, who says (and we believe him) that he will remain an avid reader of the paper, is gracious and well spoken in his announcement.

Also, the article notes that he ‘has written and illustrated several books’.  But you’re on your own, bunkie. Well, maybe The O can’t be bothered to so much as check Wikipedia, but I can:

  • Back to the ’80s (1986)
  • Drawing Conclusions (1987)
  • Fear of Fly Fishing (1988)
  • Fishing Bass-ackwards (1991)
  • Why Johnny Can’t Putt (1993)
  • Media Mania (1995)
  • Do I Have To Draw You A Picture? (1997)
  • Get the Net! (1998)
  • An Inconvenient Trout (2008)
  • Angler Management (2009)
  • Illustrator, Blowing Smoke: The Wild and Whimsical World of Cigars (1997), Brian McConnachie, author

I particularly recommend Back to the 80’s, which I still find incredibly humorous, having survived them and all.

Word is he’s going to be releasing something about his future plans on Wednesday. Bated breath here at Haus ZehnKatzen.

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