Business of Cartooning

The Business of Cartooning

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.

Hālīsahar 1. Comic News Blogs:

2. Contracts:

3. Resources/Articles:

4. Print On Demand Publishers:

5. Self-Publishing Resource Articles:

    The Definitive List of Comic Publisher Submission Guidelines
    Jason Thibault – Circa 2019

6. Convention Resources:

7. Cartooning Schools and Organizations:

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…

By Jim Keefe

Jim Keefe is the current artist of the Sally Forth comic strip. From 1996-2003 he was the writer and artist of the Flash Gordon comic strip. 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, and most recently the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

9 replies on “The Business of Cartooning”

No nonsense advise and a good checklist for people who’ve been doing it awhile. Many thanks- I just added them to the list.

Christine Davessays:

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.

Many thanks for the info – just updated the posting with your link.

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