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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (October 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0836207483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0836207484
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,165,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
I'm a syndicated cartoonist who has worked on a panel and a strip. If you want a realistic view on the world of cartooning, this is the book. Sure it provides useful insights into the creative and business processes. But best of all, it provides a serious reality check. It serves its readers best by honestly conveying the difficulty of cartooning; the relentless task of meeting dealines and quality standards; and the often surprising lack of huge monetary rewards. About the only thing missing (though you can't fault the author since the book published in 1995) is the growing use of the computer to create, send and disseminate cartoons. If you are serious about cartooning, read this book. If you're still serious after that, go be a cartoonist.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 1997
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"Business?" you say? "Aren't the funnies just funny pictures with funny words? Hell, my KID can draw a better strip than that clown who draws 'DILBERT'!"
Maybe so, but your kid needs to know in advance what he's in for, especially if he really CAN draw a funnier strip than anything on the funny pages. "Your Career in the Comics" lays open for all the world to see the very process that brings comic strips from the cartoonist's kitchen table (some can't afford studios) to your kitchen table. As one discovers, it's NOT a career for the faint of heart or the uninspired.
Beyond giving the aspiring cartoonist the basic guidelines for such things as preparing a portfolio and who to send it to, the book includes comments from cartoonists, syndicate editors, newspaper editors and artistic agents. It also demands that the reader take an honest look at his or her own abilities and decide if he or she will be as committed to their work as a syndicate would be to a strip they really like.
It's interesting to note that after 50 years in the business, Charles Schulz is finally taking a vacation and for the first time ever, "Peanuts" will appear as reruns. Are YOU that dedicated, too? :)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Christopher on January 18, 2000
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This is by far the best book on this subject I've read. If you want to be a newspaper comic strip writer/artist, I can't stress enough -- you have to buy this book. It will put you years ahead of those trying who don't have it.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 16, 2001
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This is a pretty good book. It has the author's own view of the comic syndication process and backs it up with many interviews by current comic strip artists, editors and syndicates. There are a few places where a little editing to remove some of the interviews would be favorable. Some topics are very agreed on by all of the people interviewed. They say "exactly the same thing." After the first few people repeat the idea or concern, any interview after that is redundant. The multiple interviews on each subject do show that everyone seems to have the same or similar issues with the business. This really drives it home, but it also slows down the reading. I guess you could read the first few interviews on each subject and skip to the next section, but I didn't. I kept hoping that the next interview had a little extra in it the others didn't. I rarely found this to be the case. Almost every one was very similar. It was interesting that the views and complaints of each syndicate was similar to the other syndicates. The same could be said for the editors or the cartoonist. Usually, each group (ie. syndicates vs. cartoonist vs. editors) commented about the same thing, but from opposite views. This point was very well brought out by this book. Overall, it is a pretty good book. I would have given it a five out of five, but as described the interviews became too repetatitive. It is still worth reading if you are interested in the subject.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By no1rtst on January 2, 2005
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This book is packed with great advice from all walks of the comic strip business. It gives you perspectives from professional cartoonists, editors and syndicates, as well as basic how-tos. Since this book was written in 1995, many of the mailing addresses and contacts are incorrect, so just be sure to look them up on-line and call.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 1997
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This informative book is a definite must-have for all aspiring comic strip cartoonists wanting to break into the funny pages. Tips on what and what-not to do are invaluable.

Nordling discusses points of view from the artist, the syndicate, the paper and the reader which gives a concise view of the business. Important facts on what a syndicate looks for, and how to achieve it are covered in detail.

If you read one book on cartooning, this HAS to be it.
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