The art of cartooning can be done in a variety of settings. You can be the starving artist who uses all the archival "Gucci" art supplies that everyone advises you to use and not succeed. Or you can be one of those fancy “New Yorker” cartoonists who use school pencils and white out and make a million bucks. Go figure.
Currently I am working up the courage to get as many rejections as I can. Two down and at least 18 more to go, by my estimation. And no, this isn’t my relationship status. In order to get syndicated as a cartoonist, you have to present your work to multiple publishing companies or bother them so much that they say, “If we publish your work, will you just leave us alone and stop making cartoons?” Well yes, I will stop bothering you, but I can never stop cartooning. Never.
I recently submitted a group of cartoons for a contest about sports. The theme seemed a good fit for “Suits and Guarders.” The upside is that I didn’t need to rework anything to fit the category; the down side is that if I win, I will need to part with the winning submission and give it to the committee for use in their materials. At first, I was hesitant because of this, but then I remembered that I would be getting a rejection notice. It should be number three.
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