Return Weekly Editorial Cartoons — and Make Them Available Online!

Readers, Friends, Family,

Because of recent budget decisions at MLive newspapers, my contract for editorial cartoons has been reduced — from once per week to once per month. As you might imagine, I don’t think it’s a good decision, either for me or for the readers. I hope you agree because I could use your help.

I am proposing to MLive that they return my editorial cartoons to each Sunday print edition. But then, to add value, to also make these same cartoons available as stories on the site. They would appear as a headline and image along with a paragraph or two of my commentary (similar to the way they now appear on my blog,

Up to this point, my cartoons have been only in the physical newspapers as an exclusive benefit to print buyers or subscribers. But adding the cartoons to MLive’s online site would draw new readers and clicks — the online version is definitely where newspapers see their future. So, print subscribers would continue to enjoy a weekly editorial cartoon crafted specially for Michigan readers, and online readers would benefit from a great new feature perfectly suited for online delivery.

Please take a moment to send an email to Todd Fettig, Director of Presentation at MLive:  

A few words in support of my proposal would be very much appreciated. If you would like to send a note to the editor of your local newspaper, that would be great, too. And please feel free to forward this email to anybody you know who might be interested.

If you have questions or want more information about any of this, please contact me. Thank you so much.

Sincerely and respectfully,


  1. Celeste Milne said,

    April 13, 2015 @ 6:08 pm

    Dear MLive,
    I really look forward to John Auchters comic strip. His wit and intelligence, used in a way that’s respectful of all, is a breath of fresh air. Please do All you can to keep Achtung! on your site. Thank you .
    Celeste Milne, Flint

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