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A Friendly Reminder About Cartoon Copyrights


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This website and its cartoons are registered with the U.S. Copyright Office.

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“The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of a copyrighted work is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement, including infringement without monetary gain, is investigated by the FBI and is punishable by fines and federal imprisonment.”


People love to share cartoons on Facebook and Twitter, in newsletters, blogs, presentations at work, in classrooms, on bulletin boards, in business communications and e-mails. I LOVE it when people share my cartoons —- but there is a RIGHT (legal) way to share and a WRONG (illegal) way to share cartoons.

According to an article in Training Magazine, the best way to keep the copyright cops from knocking at your door is “Always assume that any pre-existing work you’d like to use is copyrighted work and that it requires permission from the copyright owner to use or copy.”

If you infringe on someone’s copyright, you may be liable for legal fees and fines up to $50,000 per violation.  Stealing a cartoon off the internet to use in a Powerpoint presentation, website or newsletter without permission is a punishable crime. Subjecting your employer to legal hassles over copyrights may also cost you your job. Frankly, it’s much cheaper to pay a modest permission fee to the person who created the work and owns the copyright.

Here are a few excellent articles that I think you will find helpful and informative:

Copyright permission is easy and affordable. All you need to do is ask.

E-mail: randy@glasbergen.com

If you have a friend, coworker or associate who should be educated on this matter, please forward this page to them — http://www.glasbergen.com/cartoon-copyrights/

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Support Your Favorite Comic Strips

How To Support Your Favorite Comic Strips by Randy Glasbergen

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Once upon a time, people read their favorite comic strips in the local daily and Sunday newspaper. Some of us even bought more than one newspaper so we could enjoy many more of our favorite strips and panels. For decades, comic strip creators have been financially supported by the newspapers who pay to publish their work. The comics business still works this way, but things are changing fast.

These days, more and more of us are reading comics online in digital newspapers or special comic showcases like GoComics  and Comics Kingdom You may already have a free app on your phone or tablet that lets you enjoy hundreds of new comics every day. Your favorite online comic strips depend on subscribers and advertising, not newspapers, to help them survive, thrive and keep the cartoonist families fed.

When you enjoy your favorite comics online, please be sure to “like” or “share” or “subscribe” or “add to favorites”. These simple clicks add up and show advertisers where to send their payments.

Your support matters and it is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Randy Glasbergen / Glasbergen Cartoon Service. E-mail: randy@glasbergen.com

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How I Colorize My Cartoons

How I Colorize My Cartoons by Randy Glasbergen 

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I’m often asked what software I use to create my cartoons, so here is a quickie answer…

1) First I sketch my cartoons in pencil on paper, sitting at a big oak drawing table. Very low-tech. If I’m not happy with my first sketch, I’ll feed it to the shredder and start over. Sometimes it takes as many as four or five tries before I get it right.

2) When I’m satisfied with a pencil sketch, I trace the drawing with black ink using a Flair felt-tip pen. Still pretty low-tech. But I probably ordered the pen online from Staples, so some high-tech does creep into the process.

3) After I erase the pencil marks and clean up any stray lines with Liquid Paper (God bless you, Mrs. Nesmith)  I scan my cartoons (Epson DS-6500) into Photoshop CS6 on my Mac and save as a high-resolution TIFF file.

4) I add color to the black and white TIFF cartoon with a Wacom tablet and a wonderful, easy software program called Colorize. There’s a quick video demo @ http://www.gdykes.com/  I love Colorize because it’s fast and easy, nearly as simple as coloring in a coloring book…and it automatically stays inside the lines! If you’re an illustrator or cartoonist who has never used Colorize, please check it out. It’s a small software company that would love your support!

5) After I’ve colorized my cartoon, I bring it back to Photoshop for last minute adjustments before saving it to a cartoon database on my computer. I generally save one copy as a TIFF and create another copy in GIF format to put on my website.

I’ve tried other colorizing software (Corel, Illustrator, Painter) but nothing comes close to Colorize for speed, simplicity and ease of use…and the finished results always look great, bright, clean, sharp in print and digital format.

Here are a few cartoons I’ve created using Colorize Software …BHalftoon-1868toon-1680toon-1737toon966

 Randy Glasbergen / Glasbergen Cartoon Service @ www.glasbergen.com  

E-mail: randy@glasbergen.com

 

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Happy Customers Are Talking About Glasbergen Cartoon Service

Customers are saying nice things about working with Glasbergen Cartoon Service

“Just wanted to let you know that I have been using your cartoons for a week and half now in my newsletter (60,000 daily reach) w/ a link to a larger image on my website and have nearly doubled my website traffic as a result. Thanks again–best investment I have made for my site.”

“We found your work to be higher quality and less expensive (and funnier) than several stock sites we looked at.”

“Thanks a million, Randy…this is why we always come back month to month (the customer service is fantastic!)”

“As I mentioned in my first email, I am a big fan of your work, and now I am also a big fan of your customer service!   If fact, not only will my presentation include your cartoon, I will also talk about my experience ordering your cartoon….”

“I didn’t have a cartoon in my last newsletter and I heard about it from my co-workers. They love your stuff!”

“Smart like New Yorker cartoons, but easier to understand. My audience loved them!”

“I wrote to you about a month ago in connection with your cartoons. Since then I’ve been dealing with many people regarding copyright issues re images and I wanted to let you know that you are way the best. Whereas others have all kinds of minuscule requirements and complicated conditions, you were friendly and fuss-free. What a difference that made!”

“I like how you do business, easy and fast!”

As a one-person business, I can’t afford a lot of red tape and complications. I do my best to provide speedy, efficient and personal service at budget-friendly rates for any type of business or organization. If this sounds good to you, please consider ordering a few cartoons for your social media pages, newsletters, presentations or special project. You can send your request via my contact form or e-mail: randy@glasbergen.com

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Today’s Cartoon by Randy Glasbergen @ www.glasbergen.com Cartoons for newsletters, presentations, social media, merchandise, advertising, greeting cards, calendars, syndication and more.

 

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Is There A Glasbergen Cartoon App?

No need to search your iPhone or Android app store to find a Glasbergen Cartoon app…you already have it! Today’s Cartoon by Randy Glasbergen is now optimized for viewing on mobile phones @ www.glasbergen.com

When you view my website on your mobile phone, the page automatically converts to a fully-functional app version of the site with all the same cartoons, archives and search functions of the web page…optimized to fit your smaller screen with a size and custom layout that’s perfect for viewing on your mobile phone!

The next time you visit my website on your mobile phone, please make a bookmark or screen icon to help you find new cartoons anytime, anywhere.

Today’s Cartoon by Randy Glasbergen. E-Mail: randy@glasbergen.com

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Sponsored Cartoons = Social Media Success!

10268470_730794903609732_6952561378827175216_nSponsor a cartoon on Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn  for social marketing success.  When you become a cartoon sponsor, you can add your company name and logo to your favorite cartoons and have them seen and shared on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. Use cartoons to get your company noticed online.  Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Cartoons

Thanksgiving Cartoons by Randy Glasbergen.

Thank you for stopping by to browse my Thanksgiving cartoons! Like all my cartoons, these Thanksgiving Cartoons can be purchased for use in your newsletters, calendars, greeting cards, social media and any type of print or electronic media. Please contact me for a more information or a budget-friendly rate quote. Continue reading

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Smile Marketing

Free Smile Marketing Report:

How To Use Funny Cartoons To Win Customers and Increase Profits!

Click here to download a FREE copy of  Smile Marketing Volume One by Graham McGregor. Learn his proven methods for attracting new customers and boosting profits by using cartoons to sell your message with humor! Continue reading

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Cartoons About Employees With Disabilities

Cartoons About Workers With Disabilities by Randy Glasbergen

Recently a reader asked me why none of my cartoon characters are ever shown in a wheelchair. My simple answer was…I don’t know how to draw a wheelchair! So with the help of samples from Google Images, I learned. And then I added a new category to my website devoted to this topic. I will be adding more now and again, so please check in to see the new ones.

If you would like to use any of these cartoons in your training materials, newsletter, presentation, blog, website, Facebook or any other purpose, please contact me for a budget-friendly rate quote and more information about my services.

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The cartoons on this website are copyrighted by Randy Glasbergen. Unauthorized use of any kind is prohibited and unlawful.

On my website, you’ll find a huge searchable database of cartoons about workers with disabilities, cartoons about people who are hearing impaired, cartoons about people who are vision impaired,  cartoons about workers with special needs and many other cartoon topics for newsletters, presentations, training materials, social media and more.

Cartoons About Employees With Disabilities by Randy Glasbergen. E-mail: randy@glasbergen.com

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