In the thirteen years Ink Spill has existed there have been a number of stories that have been difficult to report. They were alike in that they concerned the passing of colleagues at The New Yorker. Often those cartoonists were people I knew well over long periods of time. I considered many of them friends.
This week brought a very different story no less difficult to report. The New Yorker announced that it has suspended veteran cartoonist Danny Shanahan’s contract following his arrest on Wednesday. A spokesperson for The New Yorker issued this statement:
“The accusations against Danny Shanahan are deeply disturbing. We have suspended his freelance contract while the Dutchess County District Attorney’s office proceeds with its investigation.”