Sunday, December 28, 2008

And Now, The News...

If you think cartoonists, illustrators and writers don't get in the news much, you might not be listening to NPR...

Is The End Near For Editorial Cartoonists?
(The audio is much better than just reading the transcript.)

Online Comic 'Penny Arcade' Breaks Digital Ground

On Web, 'Peanuts' Gets New Lease On Life

Judy Blume's Love, Writing About Kids Ages 9-12

'Wicked' Author To Share A Christmas Story

(James Thurber's) Beloved Children's Book 'Thirteen Clocks' Is Back

Mo Willems (Radio Cartoonist) Puts Santa On The Couch

Jon Scieszka, A Seriously Funny 'Knucklehead'


  1. Heck, is there any future in syndication?

  2. Not with the current, out-dated syndicate model.

  3. Two questions: Was Spooner ever syndicated? and...

    Where did you get honest (non-friend or family)professional feedback when you were starting out? Or did you just keep winging it?

  4. Yes, Spooner was syndicated from Jan. 2000 to June 2002.

    I didn't look for feedback, except from my wife. I approached it from the perspective of applying for a job, for which there were 6,000 other applicants!

    There are some cartoonist interviews over at AstroNerdBoy's site (including an old one with Yours Truly) that might make for good reading.

    There will continue to be newspapers, and newspapers will continue to run comics, and comics will continue to be popular, and occasionally we'll see a new comic strip in the newspapers. But I believe things are going to have to change in order for comics to thrive once again. As long as media conglomerates call the shots, comics continue to shrink, syndicates suffer from creative myopia, and cartoonists get paid 1970's rates, we'll be hard pressed to see a new future develop for comics.

    Comic strip cartoonists can learn a lot from comic book cartoonists, I think.