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Loose lips sink strip: cartoonist fired for curse

A sharp-eyed Butler Eagle reader alerted the newspaper of what appears to be a vulgar shot at President Donald Trump in the Feb. 10 Sunday cartoon section, and it will cost the cartoonist his place in the Eagle's Sunday comics.

The seemingly vulgar sentiment, which appears to begin with “We fondly say go ...”, can be seen scribbled in the bottom right corner of the middle panel in Non Sequitur, by cartoonist Wiley Miller.

The three-panel, black-and-white cartoon encourages readers to color in the panels, which this week featured a “Bearaissance” character named “Leonardo Bear Vinci.”

“A reader brought to our attention that one of the syndicated comic strips which appears in the Sunday Butler Eagle may contain a hidden message which was apparently placed there by someone in the creative department of the creator of the comic strip or the syndication which controls it,” said Ron Vodenichar, Eagle publisher and general manager. “Neither the Butler Eagle nor any other newspaper that includes this strip had an opportunity to remove it even if they had discovered it before distribution.

“We apologize that such a disgusting trick was perpetuated on the reading public. The Butler Eagle will discontinue that comic immediately,” Vodenichar said.

The rest of this story appears in Monday's Butler Eagle print edition.

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