Q: Have you ever considered creating a comic strip to submit for syndication, since this is a more stable job for a cartoonist than it is to freelance? Have you ever submitted cartoons to magazines or to a syndicate and if so where?
A: I have never submitted any gag cartoons for either syndication or for magazines. That is something very different from what i do, and it’s never been something I have tried to pursue nor that I feel I could do effectively… just not my bag.
As for the syndicated strip, I actually have been kicking an idea around for that for some time, but just can’t find the time to develop it properly to give it a try with syndication. I am still hopeful of giving it a shot in the near future. I think it’s a bit debatable whether or not a comic strip would be considered much more stable than freelancing. The newspaper industry is having a lot of problems right now, and strips come and go regularly. You have to be in a certain number of papers with larger circulations to make a living at it. That is extremely hard to do.
Thanks to Matt Lassen and Michael Garisek for the question. If you have a question you want answered for the mailbag about cartooning, illustration, MAD Magazine, caricature or similar, e-mail me and I’ll try and answer it here!
226 Another great caricature workshop in the books! 2018 workshops planned for LA, Atlanta and Switzerland so far, with more to come. Visit tomrichmond.com/workshops for all the details!
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