January 23, 2010
The Observer Editorial Board has discontinued the publication of the cartoon “The Mobile Party” following the submission and subsequent printing of the offensive Jan. 13 comic strip.
While accepting the apology of the primary authors, Notre Dame seniors Colin Hofman, Jay Wade and Lauren Rosemeyer, The Observer Editorial Board does not feel the comic strip aligns with community standards in terms of content and taste.
Per Observer Viewpoint policies, commentaries, including cartoons, submitted to The Observer for publication become property of The Observer unless otherwise discussed with the Editor-in-Chief. The Observer has been made aware of an outside blog authored by the writers of “The Mobile Party” that republished copies of their cartoons as well as cartoons deemed inappropriate for print and correspondence between Observer staff and the writers. This blog is in clear violation of Observer policy.
The Observer staff has been told the blog has since been removed from the Internet.
Writers of comic strips are typically paid for their submissions to The Observer. “The Mobile Party” authors will not be paid for the offensive submission.