Stilson’s Corner: Time to Put the Political Ink Away

By Stilson Greene

For 38 years I have written and drawn a weekly editorial cartoon for a Loudoun newspaper. First the Loudoun Times-Mirror, then Leesburg Today and finally Loudoun Now. That’s over 1,950 cartoons and miles of political ink. The time has come for me to put aside my pen. Through the years I have worked with great editors, including George Barton, Brett Phillips and Norman Styer; not once did they censor or change my work. They allowed my voice to speak from that one panel and for that I am grateful.

During those 38 years, I warned about the dangers and effects of bad development, lauded the design of good planned development, praised the work, and also chided the work, of Loudoun’s public servants. I attempted to do this with good humor and respect, because I have a deep respect for anyone who enters that very public scrutinized arena.

I have seen so many changes in Loudoun, some for the better and some for the worse. 

I am not retiring; I will continue to run my graphic design and illustration business as I have for the last 42 years. I am merely closing the lid on the political ink bottle. 

Thank you, Loudoun. Thank you, Loudouners. 

Editor’s Note: If you’ve been entertained, informed, agitated—or caricatured—by a Stilson Greene editorial cartoon over the past four decades, please join us for a reception honoring that public service on Thursday, April 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gazebo behind the Laurel Brigade, 20 W. Market St. in Leesburg.

3 thoughts on “Stilson’s Corner: Time to Put the Political Ink Away

  • 2022-04-07 at 10:36 am

    Well, Mr. Greene, congratulations on turning the last page of your political cartoonist career. Your cartoons through the years have been wonderful because you had that great local perspective. It sounds too trite to say, “you’ll be missed,” but I will certainly miss you.

  • 2022-04-12 at 8:17 pm

    I have enjoyed your cartoons, Mr. Greene. All the best in your future endeavors and continued success in your graphic design business.

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