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Robert Ariail, 20 March 2009 (moved)   5 comments

Posted at 2:39 pm in Uncategorized

I first became aware of Robert Ariail when I was at USC, and he was a student cartoonist on the Gamecock student newspaper. He did a riff on the old National Enquirer cover "Buy this magazine or we'll shoot this dog". I think his was something like "Read the Gamecock or we'll pluck this chicken".

As far as I know, I never met him, but when he was hired by The State, it was a nice "fellow student makes good" moment. I confess that I saw his work only sporadically after I left town for Fayetteville in 1985 -- I'd read the paper on weekends when I was visiting home, but I never subscribed on my own when I came back.

It appears he was caught in the latest round of RIFs at The State and moved on when they made him what seems to me a rather insulting (given his national stature) offer of part-time work. It all seems penny-wise and pound-foolish, but that's the newspaper biz today.

It appears that he has set up shop online, and I'm sure he'll continue to find work.

Written by ted on March 20th, 2009

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  1. It was the National Lamppon not the National Enquirer that had that now classic cover. I was at USC when Ariail did that cartoon and remembered a number of animal right activists got up in arms over it.


    22 Mar 09 at 9:52 am

  2. D'oh! I guess I turned my brain off after the word "National".


    22 Mar 09 at 1:28 pm

  3. Y'all remember Jak Smyrl? Long ago I hired him to do some illustrations for a client. Nice guy. Obviously very talented.


    22 Mar 09 at 4:54 pm

  4. Smyrl did a popular map of SC that I think can still be bought in some places. Sadly, he died a few years back.


    22 Mar 09 at 6:17 pm

  5. Oh yes!

    We have his 1970 Map of Pawleys Island in our beach house, and my aunt & uncle have his map of SC.


    22 Mar 09 at 6:44 pm

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