Updated on 4/16/2021
The following are resources and articles in regards to the business side of the cartooning 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.
Mombaça 1. Comic News Blogs:
- http://neilfeather.com/blog/wp-admin/includes/ The Beat – Heidi MacDonald
- The Comics Journal – Edited by Tim Hodler, Dan Nadel and Frank Santoro
- Bleeding Cool – Comics, TV and Film
by Rich Johnston and friends
- Comic Book Resources – Comic book news and reviews.
- Editor and Publisher – Covers the newspaper industry and syndication.
- Hogan’s Alley – Magazine of the Cartoon Arts.
- The Daily Cartoonist – Mainstream & Syndicate News.
- 15 Ways to Negotiate Better Rates of Pay
by Jim Thacker
- F*ck You. Pay Me: The Necessity of Contracts
by Mike Monteiro
- The Creator’s Bill of Rights
1988 Comic Book Artists “Summit” – Scott McCloud
- DC Contract to Dave Sim
2005 – With Dave Sim’s annotations.
- Colleen Doran – Advice
Colleen Doran gives sage advice regarding working in the trenches.
- What I Think of Art School.
by Kate Beaton
- The Specs on Specs: The Critical Importance of Following Guidelines.
by Chris Tugeau
- Ten Common Mistakes in Resumes and Cover Letters.
by Petrula Vrontikis
- You Have to Have an Agent to Get a Book Deal / You Have to Have a Book Deal to Get an Agent
by Gina Gagliano
- Creative People Say No.
by Kevin Ashton
- Advice to Unpublished Authors.
by Alan Moore
- 25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing.
By Chuck Wendig
- 10 Things Every Creative Person Must Learn.
By Chase Jarvis
- 6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person
Cracked.com article by David Wong
- Succeeding in the Arts
Neil Gaiman’s commencement speech – Philadelphia’s University of the Arts
- When to Give Up
by First Second Books editor Calista Brill
- “Keep Them in the Dark” – Predatory Publishers
From the Beat
- Looking for Magic Carpets
Open Letter to Fellow Writers (and Artists)
Steve Bissette on drawing a graphic novel.
4. Print On Demand Publishers:
- RA Comics Direct
- CreateSpace Amazon
- BookMobile Minneapolis, MN
5. Self-Publishing Resource Articles:
- How Do You Promote Your Small Press Comics?
By Andy Oliver
- The Path to Becoming a Bestselling Graphic Novel
By John Shableski
- The Reality of Mainstream Creator-Owned Comics
By Jim Zub
- Okay, But What About Digital Comics?
By Jim Zub
- The Creator as Retailer
Beat Article – by Mark Andrew Smith
- Stickman Graphics
Self-publishing resource guide.
- Tyler Page Blogspot
2010 blog relating experiences with self-publishing.
The Definitive List of Comic Publisher Submission Guidelines
Jason Thibault – Circa 2019
6. Convention Resources:
Archival Products: Top Loaders for Original Art
- First Time Con Set-up Notes
by David Petersen
- 13 Things I Learned at SPX 2013
by Whit Taylor
- How To Make a Million in the Comics Business
by Darrin O’Toole
- Networking and the High Cost of Comic Conventions
by Jim Keefe
7. Cartooning Schools and Organizations:
- The Kubert School
A three-year course of study – located in Dover, New Jersey.
Also offers Correspondence Courses.
Founded by Joe Kubert.
- The Center for Cartoon Studies
A two-year course of study located in White River Junction, Vermont.
- The Minneapolis College of Art and Design – BFA & MFA in Comic Art
Check out student work on the MCAD Comic Art Tumblr.
- The University of Wisconsin Stout – BFA in Entertainment Design – Concentration on Comics and Sequential Art
- The California College of the Arts – MFA in Comic Art
Campuses in Oakland and San Francisco
- SCAD – BFA & MFA in Sequential Art
BA in Visual Communication/Concentration in Sequential Art – offered online
- Graphic Artists Guild
National union of illustrators, designers, web creators, production artists, surface designers and other creatives.
- The National Cartoonists Society
Artists/members mostly from newspaper syndicates – but growing to include artists from all fields.
Active groups in Minneapolis, San Francisco, Pennsylvania and Montreal.
8. Financial Aid:
- The Writing Center – Grant Proposals
Source: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- The Jay Kennedy Scholarship – Yearly award for best college cartoonist. Applicants must be students at a 4-year college in the United States, Canada or Mexico.
- Kickstarter – Funding platform for creative projects.
Every project creator sets their project’s funding goal and deadline. If people like the project, they can pledge money to make it happen. If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all backers’ credit cards are charged when time expires.
For more info you can check out my Resources page. It includes all my work related posts on cartooning – Pricing your Work, Tools of the Trade, Recommended Books on Drawing & Cartooning, and much, much more…
9 replies on “The Business of Cartooning”
Very helpful, thank you! Bookmarked!
Two that I think are good on conventions:
No nonsense advise and a good checklist for people who’ve been doing it awhile. Many thanks- I just added them to the list.
What a GREAT resource! Thanks for putting it together Jim! I will refer many to it!
Then we’re even as (after teaching a Pro Practice class at MCAD) I’ve been referring everyone to you.
California College of Art (with campuses in Oakland and San Francisco) offers an MFA in comics.
Many thanks for the info – just updated the posting with your link.
Great resource page. Thanks for putting it together.