This Is The End My Friends

Sunday, 2/17/2013 was a bittersweet day in that Paul Dixon published what will be the last episode for Who’s Minding The Score? (WMTS?); at least, the last one for now…

This Is The End My FriendsFor those who regularly follow the comic strip, you’ve noticed that the latest story thread has closely paralleled some of the more public labor disputes within American orchestras. Dixon’s cartoons have captured the fury with positively perfect dark satire but it took its toll on the artist and about a month ago, Dixon sent me a message to say he needed to take a break as writing the strip was producing as much heartbreak as cathartic joy.

Ever since launching Adaptistration in 2003, I’ve been searching for a cartoonist to help capture daily life inside the typical American orchestra and almost exactly three years ago, Dixon brought that vision to life.

Ever since the first black and white episode (the comic went full color in September, 2010); his razor sharp wit routinely captured the humor of back office orchestra life with satirical brilliance.

Silver Lining

Fortunately, Dixon is staying on as Adaptistration’s official Editorial Cartoonist and he’s got a special treat in store for tomorrow’s post.

If you aren’t a regular WMTS? reader, now’s your chance to dive in and soak up three years of satirical goodness (although I recommend stopping by the character profile page first). And I encourage everyone to take a moment to send in a comment pointing out which WMTS? episode, character(s), or story thread is your favorite and why.

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6 Responses to This Is The End My Friends

  1. James Zimmermann Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Thanks for all the great cartoons – I’ll be sad to see them go! My favorite is July 22, 2012, which is about the relationship between website and social media engagement versus low ticket sales. I’m a big social media enthusiast and I contribute a lot to the Nashville Symphony’s social media campaign, and after reading this cartoon, I must say I was never able to look at things the same way again! Thanks again for the laughs!

  2. Stephen Soderberg Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    Sandow/Barnum — definitely!! This was a great series & now I’ll be waiting to see that silver lining.

  3. Tom Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 12:00 am #

    This season we’ve had both Shostakovich 7 and a Beach Boys tribute band, though not on the same program.

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