Comic Riffs first met Lloyd Dangle in 2008 at Maryland’s Small Press Expo, where his session with Tom Tomorrow on “Alternative Political Cartooning” was as spirited and lively and bitingly entertaining as an editorial cartoon panel rendered by Dangle himself.
Today, in an e-mail statement, Dangle announced that his weekly political comic, “Troubletown,” will come to an end at the end of April.
“After twenty-two years I’ve decided to retire my comic strip,” writes the Oakland-based cartoonist, who called the decision “agonizing.”
“Retiring the strip is something I'd been thinking about for a while,” Dangle tells Comic Riffs, “and this week when I was trying to think of a way to make Bradley Manning's torture funny, I decided I'd had enough.
“ Actually, I still have four more cartoons to draw. so I might still find a way.”
Dangle says he also has other creative endeavors he wants to explore.
“I have a number of top-secret interesting projects in the pipeline,” he tells ‘Riffs. “Plus, I'm way into a novel I started about a year ago that I'm determined to finish soon.”
The left-leaning Dangle launched “Troubletown” in 1988 in the San Francisco Bay Guardian. His work has also appeared in such publications as the Village Voice, the New York Times, Mother Jones and Wired. A Michigan native, Dangle says he worked early on for the Michigan Voice, the Flint newspaper founded by filmmaker Michael Moore.
Writes Dangle: “I want to thank all you newspapers for your longtime support, and you readers who made it all worthwhile.”