- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: North Light Books; 1st edition (March 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0891346333
- ISBN-13: 978-0891346333
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.7 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #912,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Be a Successful Cartoonist Hardcover – March, 1996
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is organized into 5 chapters: 1. Getting started. 2. Tools and Techniques of the Pros. 3. Developing Great Style and Characters. 4. Creating funny cartoon ideas. and 5. Turning your cartoons into cash.
Each chapter has two parts: 1) profiles of and hints from different well known cartoonists, each complete with a sample cartoon. These are interspersed with 2) questions and answers about cartooning. The two parts are separate, but they do relate... if the question is about computer generated cartoons, the cartoonist profiled is one who uses computers to produce his cartoons, and a description of how he does it is attached to the sample cartoon.
The book is good in itself, but I'd say its greatest strength is its many references to other resources. It tells you where to find the right materials. It tells you how to find markets. It gets you started in the right direction for everything you need, from paper to syndicates.
If you already do cartoons and are serious about becoming a professional cartoonist, but don't know where to start, this is the book for you.
It truly is not easy finding what I am looking for such as, how to vs. what to information.
Jack Hamm has some good books out also, BTW. IHMO
Also, How to Draw and Sell Cartoons is a good book too.
I bought "Successful Cartoonist" because I initially borrowed it from the library.
I love the interviews with the cartoonists and the resources provided.
The interviews are a goldmine of information that would take forever to acquire if I had to do it on my own.
The little tips given and examples, for me, were very, very helpful.
The book has both a Table of Contents and an Index.
It has a list of Cartoonist on the back cover of the book, another easy reference.
It is designed as if I was looking over the shoulder of the interviewer and present at the interview, for the most part.
Lots of toons as well, a pleasant read and resource that I wanted for my book case.
I took quite a few notes and tend to mark up my books with notes and comments for later referral.
I actually Mind Map as well, to remember for years later.
Example: page 45 Tom Ryan states, The honey moon soon ends and the maintenance of the job begins, gaining an audience and that soon becomes the bottom line....end. This is important for me to remember because to start a project, with my name and toons out there and then to have it fall apart do to an unstable foundation...would be heart breaking. Again IMHO.
2 additional books I liked really well were " How To Make Web Comics" and Let's Draw! Illustrating With Copic.
I use Copic Markets and again the Artists are interview and asked 14 questions, it was gold for me.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I haven't read this book yet, but look forward to learning how to become a cartoonist from it. Thanks much!Published 16 months ago by Cheryl "C.F."
This is a great book which provides lots of guidance and encouragement to be successful in cartooning. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Ardin H. Marschel
This book is a good primer on entering the industry. It could be expanded to be more in-depth. My opinion.Published on March 19, 2013 by Greg R. Vadimsky
A very good book to develop ourselves as a cartoonistsPublished on November 28, 2003 by Karthikeyan