The Business of Cartooning

Original posted on 11/28/2012 – updated on 10/16/2013


The following is a resource page for Cartoonists/Comic Artists I’ve put together in regards to the business side of the profession. It’s culled from various sources that I’ve found helpful or informative over the years. It doesn’t cover everything, but it can be used as a starting point.

Originally I had a whole section on “Work for Hire” but that ended up needing a whole post of its own: Work for Hire – The Fallout

If there’s any links you’d like to add, please use the comments section below – I’m always on the lookout for items that are off my radar.

Breakdown of categories that follow:

    1. Comic News Blogs
    2. Contracts
    3. Resources/Articles
    4. Print On Demand Publishers
    5. Self-Publishing Resource Articles
    6. Convention Resources
    7. Cartooning Schools and Organizations
    8. Financial Aid

1. Comic News Blogs:

2. Contracts:

3. Resources/Articles:

4. Print On Demand Publishers:

5. Self-Publishing Resource Articles:

  • Optimum Wound
    The Submission Guidelines for every Comic and Manga Publisher in the Universe
    Circa 2010 – needs to be updated but good to springboard off of.
  • The Master List
    Comic Book and Trading Club stores.

6. Convention Resources:

7. Cartooning Schools and Organizations:

8. Financial Aid:


About Jim Keefe

Jim Keefe is the current artist of the Sally Forth comic strip, he is also the writer and artist of the Flash Gordon comic strip - both available at ComicsKingdom.com. A graduate of the Joe Kubert School, Keefe likewise teaches Comic Art. Teaching and speaking engagements include SVA in Manhattan, Hofstra’s UCCE Youth Programs, The University of Minnesota and most recently the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
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9 Responses to The Business of Cartooning

  1. Trevour says:

    Very helpful, thank you! Bookmarked!

  2. Christine Daves says:

    What a GREAT resource! Thanks for putting it together Jim! I will refer many to it!

  3. Ethan says:

    California College of Art (with campuses in Oakland and San Francisco) offers an MFA in comics.

    http://www.cca.edu/academics/graduate/comics

  4. Great resource page. Thanks for putting it together.

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