Breaking Into Cartooning
The following resources, both online and print, are helpful for the cartoonist who
wants to learn how to improve his art or his chance of making a living from it. If you have a syndication contract offer and you need legal advice about negotiating, then you should check out the description of my legal practice as a syndication attorney.
Articles on Syndication
Books and Magazines on Syndication
Syndication: A Guide for Writers and Cartoonists
by Michael H. Sedge (Paperback)
Career in the Comics
by Lee Nordling (Paperback - November 1995)
- Hogan's Alley edited by Tom
- This fantastic inside source for information about comic strips will entertain fans and
cartoonists alike. There are many essays on the comic art form (historical
appreciations, artist biographies, critical assessments), a few essays considering art
instruction, and interviews with prominent people in the cartoon world. 150+ pages. The
greatest value of Hogan's Alley is the documentation of work that might be dismissed or
forgotten; this publication reverses the popular conception that cartoon art is
disposable, simply because it so often appears in a disposable medium.
- Cartoonist Profiles, by Jud Hurd, P.O. Box 325, Fairfield, CT
- This quarterly magazine covers several subjects useful to professional and aspiring
cartoonists: creators' profiles, how-to articles, and stories about cartoon syndicates.
Subscriptions are $25/year.
Comic and Text Feature Syndicates
The following six syndicates are typically viewed as the leading comic
syndicates. They also offer a diverse array of text and other features.
and Publisher: Web Edition
- Scroll to the bottom of the page for the last 10 articles on
- Tool Talk by John MacLeod.
- There is some pretty useful nuts and bolts information on what kinds of pens and paper
are best to draw comics.