BALTIMORE — Mike Ricigliano practices a nearly extinct newspaper art: he is a sports cartoonist, poking fun at sports figures with pen, paper and a gag writer’s shtick.

How much longer he can earn a living doing what he loves — he barely gets by now — rests on finding new work to replace what he has lost. Last year was a brutal recession for him. The Los Angeles Times, The Buffalo News and USA Today Sports Weekly all dropped him for financial reasons.

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