Philadelphia City Paper editor-in-chief Lillian Swanson tells Romenesko readers: “As most newspapers have cut back on comics and shrunk those they do run, this alternative weekly has gone against the grain and offered a full page as a blank canvas for a different artist every week. As comic artist Kelly Phillips, whose drawing launched the project, wrote in [the March 19th] paper, City Paper is ‘paying tribute to an art form that is inextricably tied, and indebted to, newspapers.'”
Swanson says the artists get $150 for their published work.
Check out the cartoon on page 12 of this issue.