Celebrated Pro Jo Cartoonist Don Bousquet Retiring

Apr 2, 2014

After more than thirty years with the Providence Journal, celebrated Rhode Island cartoonist Don Bousquet is retiring.

A Don Bousquet original.
Credit Don Bousquet

Bousquet contributed thousands of cartoons, lampooning Rhode Island life to the Journal, which ran two per week. He said coming up with his signature, single panel style, was easy.

“I wanted to be a New Yorker cartoonist because somewhere I heard they paid eight hundred dollars for a single panel cartoon," said Bousquet.

But after months of straight rejection from the New Yorker, he began submitting to various local newspapers before being hired by the Journal in 1980. Bousquet also contributed regularly to Yankee magazine. He plans to continue drawing, and operate his aerial photography business which he runs with his son.

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