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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Original ed. edition (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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"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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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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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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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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This book is fantastic!
This is the Bible of cartooning on so many levels.
The top cartoonist, editors, lawyers, agents and all support staff are interviewed and asked questions pertaining to every aspect of the business. This book is one of a kind.
I have many books but few come close to this one. I high lighted a massive amount of pages, this is truly a manual.
278 pages of real data and it
is right on part connects to each other and over lasps. It is a must for all cartoonists. IMHO
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