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How to Be a Successful Cartoonist Hardcover – March 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; 1st edition (March 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891346333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891346333
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #976,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
How to Be a Successful Cartoonist is not for folks who want to learn to draw cartoons. It assumes you already cartoon. What this book teaches is how to polish cartoons and present them for sale... and where to present them. It is for amateur cartoonists who want to become professionals.
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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By danielle e. on December 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
... When I bought Glasenbergen's book, I didn't know that it would become my most cherished piece of literature. Not only does it have wonderful drawing tips, technical tips, and material tips; it includes dozens of profiles on favorite and little-known cartoonists, business information that most of us arrogant artists are hesitant to learn, and an added bonus: a list of syndicates and contacts to make your work known! I've used this information numerous times and the results are always positive. The reading is easy and interesting, and the examples are excellent. I now have a published comic strip in a local paper and am looking to go furthere. For the serious cartoonist, this book is a must!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sherlock Holmes on June 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a extremely good and useful book for all serious cartoonists or so called 'the people who love to draw cartoons'.Lots of questions are answered, many tibs of what you need,where to send your comics to.This book deals with anything you need to know all about a cartoonist, a how-to-polish up your cartooning techniques book.Lots of great tibs from successful and famous cartoonists, by the time you finished the book, you will know that age is not a problem and it's all right for not attending some art colleges but cartooning courses are highly recommended for everyone to draw better.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tom on February 26, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book has so much to offer the budding cartoonist! Covering such things as: getting started, tools and techniques of the pros, developing great style and characters, creating funny cartoon ideas. turning your cartoons into cash, as well as resources and extra stuff, this book answers all the questions as well as shows you various styles of cartooning by many "strippers" from today and yesterday. I highly recommend this!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. S. Peters on November 2, 2013
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I try to read as much as I can on different topics and aspects concerning cartooning.
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.
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