Journalists are known for their gallows humor, but the editorial cartoon in The Seattle Times a few days before Thanksgiving was downright disturbing.
Titled "Everything gravy? Not so much," the panel showed a fallen ax and two turkeys, one with its head missing. The intact Tom turns to his headless companion and says: "Ha! That's nothing. You should see my 401(k)."
If cartoonist Eric Devericks' art is a bit darker than usual these days, he can be forgiven. On Nov. 13, the ax fell on him.
"It's tough to try to be funny or witty when your life is a wreck," the 32-year-old artist says, managing a weak laugh.
Devericks is one of about 150 employees being let go in a third round of layoffs or buyouts at the newspaper this year. His last day is Dec. 12.
The Times is not alone. Newspapers across the country have shed thousands of jobs in recent months as advertising revenues and circulation continue to plummet.