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Daryl Cagle’s Advice to Cartoonists: Dogmatism Sells and Don’t You Dare Go Local

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MSNBC.com cartoonist Daryl Cagle offers his advice for aspiring newspaper cartoonists in today’s media climate. As he readily admits, the situation ain’t pretty.

Some choice cuts:

  • DON’T DRAW LOCAL CARTOONS — It may be tempting to draw cartoons for the local paper, but there will be no syndication and no reprint sales of local cartoons. The Internet has made our cartoons available to clients all around the world — the world is the new market and the big audience. Local cartoons are a path to obscurity — and to the poor house.

  • STAY RED OR STAY BLUE — Most people are moderate, and hold a mix of some conservative and liberal views, but editors are segregated into liberal and conservative camps, each with their own accepted set of positions. Cartoonists who are reliably “red” or “blue” can find homes with sympathetic editors. Conservative editors are the most intolerant of deviations from their set of views and will reject the idea of ever printing a cartoon by a cartoonist who crosses the red line only once. Since editors insist on labeling cartoonists, be moderate at your own peril.

    Previously on FBLA: Cartoonist Daryl Cagle Causes International Scandal

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