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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

  • Successful Syndication: A Guide for Writers and Cartoonists
    by Michael H. Sedge (Paperback)
  • Your Career in the Comics
    by Lee Nordling (Paperback - November 1995)
  • Hogan's Alley edited by Tom Heintjes.
    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 06430.  
    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.

On-line resources

Editor and Publisher: Web Edition
Scroll to the bottom of the page for the last 10 articles on syndication. 
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. 
 
 

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