The Seattle Weekly reported it rather laconically last Wednesday: "You may have noticed that Molly Norris' comic is not in the paper this week. That's because there is no more Molly."
Norris, the Weekly's popular cartoonist and originator of Facebook's notorious "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" page, had not died. Rather, she had gone into hiding because of death threats from Islamic supremacists. The Weekly explained:
The gifted artist is alive and well, thankfully. But on the insistence of top security specialists at the FBI, she is, as they put it, "going ghost": moving, changing her name, and essentially wiping away her identity. She will no longer be publishing cartoons in our paper or in City Arts magazine, where she has been a regular contributor. She is, in effect, being put into a witness-protection program–except, as she notes, without the government picking up the tab. It's all because of the appalling fatwa issued against her this summer, following her infamous "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" cartoon….