Pulitzer-prize winning editorial cartoonist Tony Auth is resigning from the Philadelphia Inquirer, where his cartoons have run for over 40 years. There's been no word yet on why Auth's resigning, though the paper is in an unsettled state right now: up for sale, combining newsrooms with the Philadelphia Daily News, and in the midst of buy-outs and lay-offs. The Daily News' editorial cartoonist, Signe Wilksonson, remains on the staff.
Auth was one of the cartoonists I read and studied and admired, long before I ever thought I could actually get a job drawing edit cartoons myself. Even though leaving the paper, he's not done drawing yet, apparently. Reports have said he's joining a non-profit group associated with public radio.
Update as to "why?": Philly.com story (via Romenesko) quotes Auth as saying, "I realized I wanted to spend more time doing different kinds of projects." The big project? He's joining WHYY's NewsWorks.org (headed by a former Inquirer editorial page editor) where he will be "digital artist in residence."
"It's going to be a work in progress," Auth says. "But I will be continuing to do iPad movies and two or three political cartoons a week for syndication. I'm going to be really busy."