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Cartoons for Trade Show and Conference Displays

Cartoons for Trade Shows and Conferences…by Randy Glasbergen

A customer recently sent me a photo of their conference display using my cartoons enlarged to poster size. I think the posters are great attention-grabber, so I thought I’d share this on my blog.

My cartoons are often published in magazines, newspapers and newsletters, but others are licensing cartoons for trade show displays, conference videos, cartoons for seminar presentations, cartoons for meeting agendas, advertising flyers, brochures, cartoons for training manuals, cartoons for office posters, client calendars, flash animation and other innovative uses.

If you have a concept that could get a boost from a colorful cartoon with a good message, please contact me to discuss your project. Glasbergen Cartoon Service offers thousands of cartoons on hundreds of topics at budget-friendly rates for any size business. Custom cartoons and comic illustrations are also available!

Glasbergen Cartoon Posters for Conference Display.

Bright colorful cartoons with a message are available for trade show displays, cartoon posters, cartoons for trade show publications, cartoons for conference handouts, cartoons for trade show agenda sheets, cartoons for conference presentations, cartoons for seminar handouts, cartoons for video screens., cartoons for  trade show posters, cartoons for trade show signs, cartoons for conference video screens, cartoons for trade show booths, cartoon posters for medical offices, cartoons for office posters,  Cartoons at your conference or trade show are a great attention grabber and a fun way to enforce your message!

Please e-mail for more information or a budget-friendly rate quote. More cartoons @ Glasbergen Cartoons.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Cartooning

Cartooning FAQ by Randy Glasbergen

1. HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN CARTOONING?

I drew all the time as a kid and began to take a serious interest in
cartooning in junior high school. I wrote to all of my favorite
cartoonists, read lots of books about cartooning and practiced my
ideas and art every day. I made my first professional cartoon sale to a magazine
at age 15 and gradually built up my career over the years, stacking one
small accomplishment on top of another, branching out into different
types of cartooning whenever the opportunity came along. I went to
college for one year, a journalism major, then began freelancing as a magazine gag cartoonist
full-time at age 19 in Utica, NY . Although I started young and was able to earn a
modest living from cartooning, my career didn’t really kick into high gear until
I reached my mid-thirites. There are few overnight success stories among cartoonists.

2. HOW MUCH DO CARTOONISTS EARN?

It varies from one cartoonist to the next. An animator or greeting
card artist who works on staff for a large company like Hallmark Cards,

American Greetings or Disney Animation Studios will earn a traditional  salary with benefits.

Plus they get to work in a creative environment with other artistic people.

Unlike the self-employed freelancer, a staff cartoonist will probably have health insurance coverage,

some type of retirement plan, scheduled vacation time…and a steady paycheck…but his income will

be limited to whatever his employer decides to pay.

A comic strip cartoonist’s income is based on the number of papers his
strip appears in. Small papers pay less than $5 per week for a comic
and large papers pay higher fees of $10, $20, $50 or more for a week’s
worth of cartoons. All fees are split 50-50 with the syndicate that
distributes the work (the agent). Some syndicated cartoonists appear
in 1000+ newspapers and earn high incomes, but many appear in less than
100 newspapers and earn a modest living. It’s not uncommon for a comic
strip artist to hold down a day job of some kind while his comic strip
grows a larger client list. If you’re doing a  successful comic strip
that appears in hundreds of newspapers  your share of the gross
receipts could be $1000, $2000, $3000 or more per week  (more or less,
depending on the size of the papers and how much each pays), which many would
consider a pretty good income. Books, calendars and other merchandise
featuring your characters may increase your income even further.

A self-employed freelance cartoonist will live from one sale to the
next (doing all sorts of project work) and his income will fluctuate
from week to week, month to month, year to year. One freelancer might
earn less than $5,000 a year and another might earn $100,000 or more
depending on how successful they are, what types of projects they work
on, etc. A successful self-employed freelancer doing web comics, children’s books,
greeting cards, magazine cartoons, advertising art, etc, may actually earn more
than the average comic strip artist or staff cartoonist.

Many cartoonists earn a good middle class or upper middle class
living, but very few cartoonists are “wealthy”…there may be a
handful of top syndicated cartoonists in this category and a few like
Matt Groening (“The Simpsons”) who score big in television.

3. WHAT KIND OF TRAINING DO I NEED TO BE A PROFESSIONAL CARTOONIST?

Some cartoonists go to art school and some have no formal cartooning
education at all. Many cartoonists start out as teachers, engineers,
psychologists, factory workers, etc. Most have natural talent and
begin cartooning as a hobby and eventually leave their jobs to cartoon
full time. You can study to be a cartoonist at specific cartooning
colleges, such as The Kubert School in New Jersey, Ringling College in
Florida or The School of Visual Arts in New York City or you can teach
yourself with books, classes, and years of practice. Remember that a
good cartoonist is a writer who can draw, not an artist who can
write….so be sure to practice creating funny ideas too!

4. HOW CAN I START SELLING MY OWN CARTOONS?

In a nutshell, the process is pretty simple. 1) Write some funny ideas
2) Turn those ideas into cartoons with your drawings 3) Mail
photocopies to publishers who print similar work 4) Start working on
something new. If your work is good, you’ll begin to sell your
cartoons to magazines, greeting card companies, web sites, or other
suitable clients. Or send your work to a comic strip syndicate…if they
reject you, try again with a new idea and cast of characters. Do this
again and again, year after year, and you’ve got yourself a cartooning
career. Along the way, you’ll need to learn about copyrights, contract
negotiations, billing, and the general business of cartooning…but that
will come to you with research and experience. The Graphic Artists
Guild
publishes a Pricing and Ethical Guidelines book that is very
helpful.

A good web page can also help you attract a fan base and open new
doors of opportunity. This is probably the best way to get started
these days. In addition to building a fan base for your work, your
website may attract the attention of editors or sponsors who can help
you start generating income. You can set up a Cafe Press shop with
your cartoons and place Google or Yahoo ads on your site to bring in
some income.

5. WHAT KIND OF COMPUTER DO I NEED TO DRAW CARTOONS?

You don’t need a computer to draw cartoons. Most cartoons are
still drawn by hand at wooden drawing boards and I know of no software
program than can replace that. However, computers are a great way to
add color to your cartoons, animate them, add special effects, and
there are a variety of programs available you can try. You can also
use a computer to scan your cartoons, convert them to digital files
and put them on the web or send them to others by e-mail. These days I
deliver many of my cartoons by e-mail attachment and they print
perfectly. You can use a Windows PC or a Macintosh computer to do
cartoon graphics, but most professional cartoonists feel that Apple
Macintosh computers are still the fastest and easiest (and safest) way
to do graphics. Computers have revolutionized the business of
cartooning and it’s wise to become well acquainted with all sorts of
computer graphics, electronic digital cartooning, e-mail attachments,
web pages, web graphics, etc. I use an Apple iMac computer running the
latest Mac operating system with a 27 inch monitor, Brother scanner
and Lexmark color laser printer. I primarily use Colorize and Photoshop for
creating digital versions of my cartoons.

6. HOW DO YOU GET YOUR CARTOON IDEAS?

I’ve always enjoyed writing and it was one of my best subjects in high
school and college. But mostly I learned to write cartoon ideas by
practicing … and by reading as many cartoons as I could find by as
many different cartoonists as possible. Starting out, I used to walk
around my home town and challenge myself to find something funny about
things I saw on the street (a phone pole, a dead squirrel, a broken
fence, a crack in the sidewalk, etc)…it was fun game to play and
good training. These days, most of my ideas are based on things that I
read, things I see on television, or topics I hear people discussing
in conversations. Often ideas just come from everyday experiences.

Most of the time I just sit down with some resource material and a
note pad…if I’m writing computer cartoons, I’ll grab a couple
computer magazines and flip through the pages looking for subjects to
write about. Or if I’m doing cat cartoons, for example, I might read a
book of cat cartoons or some cat magazines and look for inspiration
there. Mostly, I think it’s important to write about things people can
relate to and recognize in their own lives. People like to read about
themselves, so they’re likely to prefer a cartoon about families or
work to something weird about a talking lasagna. (More on this topic)

7. WHAT IS YOUR DAY LIKE?

A typical work day for me begins at 5:00 AM. Due to the high volume of
e-mail I receive, I spend about two hours early every morning reading
and answering e mail…I also upload my daily web page cartoon around
6:00 AM. After breakfast, I draw for a couple of hours, then go to the
post office to check my snail mail. At 10:30 or 11:00 AM I grab a big
cup of coffee, a yellow pad and a pencil and start writing.

After an hour or two, I usually have 10 ideas written, then I break for lunch.
After lunch I draw my cartoons until 5:00 or 6:00PM. (Many days the business of
cartooning takes priority over the art of cartooning…on those days I
do invoices, fill orders, answer e-mail and have very little time for
drawing.) Some days differ a bit, depending on what projects I’m
working on, but this is a typical day. During my free time, I enjoy
spending time with my family and dogs. I have no interesting
hobbies or exciting vices to tell about.

8. WHAT MATERIALS DO YOU USE?

Every cartoonist uses different tools. I do my line art with a black Flair
felt tip pen on 24 pound Southworth bond paper. I scan my work and add
color with an Apple iMac computer and a Wacom graphics tablet.

9. WHAT CARTOONISTS INSPIRED OR INFLUENCED YOU MOST?

When I was in high school, “Hagar The Horrible” was brand new and the
original cartoonist was Dik Browne (he passed away a few years ago and
his son does the strip now with a staff of assistants). Dik Browne’s
Hagar was an inspiration…solid ideas, great drawings, strong graphic
appeal. I also read a lot of magazine cartoons growing up and was
influenced by Henry Martin and Sam Gross. Children’s book illustrator
Jared Lee (“Teacher From The Black Lagoon”) was a generous and
friendly mentor when I started out, teaching me about the value of a
widely diversified freelance career.

IF YOU’D LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CARTOONING, I have written
three books on the subject. In my cartooning instruction books you’ll find
much lengthier answers to these questions and many more. My books are
all published by North Light Books and available @ www.amazon.com

The titles of my books are…

“How To Be A Successful Cartoonist” (Detailed answers to just about
every question you can think of about a cartooning career. Info on
education, training, tools, income, copyrights, ideas, writers block,
animation, greeting cards, children’s books, comic strips, magazine
cartoons, comic books, political cartoons, creating characters,
writing ideas, much more. Plus personal advice and guidance from about
40 of today’s top cartoonists including Charles Schulz, Lynn Johnston,
Tom Cheney, Bil Keane, Bill Griffith, Rick Kirkman, Bud Grace, John
McPherson, Mort Walker, Tom Wilson, many others. Published 1996)
Available in stores or by mail order @ 1-800-289-0963 or you can order
direct from your computer @ http://www.amazon.com for delivery
anywhere in the world.

“TOONS!” 128 pages of drawing lessons plus an in-depth study of
contemporary cartooning styles and techniques of the pros. Created to
be the most modern how-to-draw cartoon book available. Find TOONS! in
the art section of your local book store or order by phone @ 1-800
289-0963 You can also order online direct from your computer @ http://www.amazon.com
(Amazon.com Online Bookstore).

“Getting Started Drawing and Selling Cartoons” This book is currently
out of print, but can still be found at your public library or at amazon.com

Randy Glasbergen, Cartoonist. E-mail: randy@glasbergen.com

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Superhero Cartoons

Superhero Cartoons by Randy Glasbergen.

I loved to read superhero comics when I was growing up, so it’s not surprising to find them inhabiting some of my cartoons these days. On my website, you’ll find a huge searchable database of cartoons on a variety of topics, including cartoons about superheroes. Here are some of my personal favorites…

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The cartoons on this web page are copyrighted material. Unauthorized usage of any kind is prohibited and illegal.

Please visit my website to find a huge searchable database of cartoons about superheroes and many other topics for your newsletters, presentations, textbooks, classroom, training materials, advertising, blog or special project.

For more information or a budget-friendly rate quote, please e-mail: randy@glasbergen.com

Superhero Cartoons , Cartoons About Superheroes by Randy Glasbergen.

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Cartoon Christmas Cards

Cartoon Christmas Cards by Randy Glasbergen

It’s time to order your holiday cards and gifts! You can find many new Christmas Card designs in my Cartoon Gift Shop…plus party banners, invitations, Christmas stockings, tree ornaments, fun gifts and much more! Click here to order in plenty of time for the holidays.

All cartoons on this website are copyrighted by Randy Glasbergen. Unauthorized use of any kind is a violation of copyright law. For permission to use any cartoon in your publication, presentation or other project, please e-mail: randy@glasbergen.com

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A Friendly Reminder About Cartoon Copyrights

This website and its cartoons are registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. It’s easy to get permission to use my cartoons legally by sending your request to randy@glasbergen.com

Web cartoons may be funny, but copyright law is serious business. Unauthorized use of copyrighted material is against the law. It is illegal to use copyrighted material without proper authorization, that includes use in newsletters, presentations, websites, blogs, social media, any type of print or electronic media. Regardless of the source, you should assume that all cartoons you find in print or electronic media are copyrighted by the person who created them.

Some cartoonists will let violators off easy with a warning and a request to cease and desist, others will contact a lawyer to pursue the matter more aggressively.  Getting permission to use a cartoon is easy, but getting caught violating copyright law can be expensive. Instead of “borrowing” a cartoon for your newsletter or presentation, contact the cartoonist for permission…a small permission fee is a lot less expensive than defending yourself in court.

Please take a few minutes to learn more about copyrights and how they apply to you and the material you find on the Internet.

Here are 3 excellent articles that I think you will find helpful and informative:

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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Cartoons About Death

Cartoons About Death by Randy Glasbergen

On my website, you’ll find a huge searchable database of cartoons, including many cartoons about death! Of course, death an unpleasant topic for most of us, but somehow death creeps into many of my cartoons about the afterlife, Heaven, near-death experiences, staying alive, avoiding death, outsmarting the Grim Reaper, cartoons about death for publications, cartoons about death for education, cartoons about death for presentations, cartoons about death for blogs, cartoons about death for any purpose.

All of my cartoons are available at budget-friendly rates for newsletters, blogs, advertising, magazines, newspapers, presentations, education seminars, any type of print or electronic media. For permission to use my cartoons about death (or any other topic), please use my contact form or E-mail: randy@glasbergen.com

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All Cartoons on this site are copyrighted by Randy Glasbergen. Unauthorized usage of any kind is unlawful and prohibited.

On my website you’ll find a huge searchable database of cartoons, including Cartoons About Death, cartoons about dying, cartoons about death in the afterlife, cartoons about fear of death, cartoons about avoiding death, cartoons about coping with death, cartoons about death for large and small publications, cartoons about death for educational purposes, cartoons about death for speakers and PowerPoint presentations, cartoons about death for bloggers, cartoons about death for any type of project or publication.

All Cartoons on this site are copyrighted by Randy Glasbergen. Unauthorized usage of any kind is unlawful and prohibited.

For a budget-friendly rate quote or permission to use  any of my cartoons about death, please use my contact form or E-mail: randy@glasbergen.com

Cartoons About Death by Randy Glasbergen

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Cartoon Gift Shop Update

I just added lots of NEW products to my Cartoon Gift Shop, including a bunch of fun Christmas and Birthday designs. Come check out the new Birthday gifts, Christmas stockings, shot glasses, coffee mugs, posters, computer accessories, framed prints, T-shirts, tote bags and much more!

Glasbergen Cartoon Gift Shop

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More YouTube Cartoons

More YouTube Cartoons by Randy Glasbergen.

I had fun creating my second YouTube video. Please feel free to share it with your friends and family via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or e-mail.

Here’s a link you can use @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00C8wCfx0MY

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Financial Cartoons

Financial Cartoons by Randy Glasbergen

My website features many financial cartoons about Wall Street, finance cartoons about making money, financial cartoons about investing, cartoons about financial planning, cartoons about business and personal finances. My Financial Cartoons  are available at budget-friendly rates for financial newsletters, financial cartoons for magazines, financial cartoons for newspapers, financial cartoons for speakers and presentations, financial cartoons for seminars,  financial cartoons for education, financial cartoons for any type of print or electronic media. For permission to use any cartoon, please e-mail: randy@glasbergen.com

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All Financial Cartoons on this site are copyrighted by Randy Glasbergen. Unauthorized usage of any kind is unlawful and prohibited.


All Financial Cartoons on this site are copyrighted by Randy Glasbergen. Unauthorized usage of any kind is unlawful and prohibited.

On my website you’ll find a huge searchable database of cartoons, including Financial Cartoons, cartoons about investing, cartoons about money, stock market cartoons, cartoons about personal and business finance, cartoons about financial news, cartoons about financial planning, 401(k) cartoons, IRA cartoons, pension financial cartoons, financial cartoons about stock market news, financial cartoons about losing money, financial cartoons about interest rates, financial cartoons about borrowing money, financial  cartoons about budgeting, financial cartoons about bad debt, financial cartoons about debt collection, financial cartoons about debt resolution, cartoons about deb consolidation, cartoons about financial managers, cartoons about financial management, financial cartoons about stock brokers, financial cartoons about investments, Wall Street Journal financial cartoons, financial cartoons about money news, cartoons about credit scores, cartoons about financial news, cartoons about credit cards, financial cartoons about the economy, cartoons about slow economy, cartoons about economic stimulus, cartoons about stimulating the economy, financial cartoons about weak economy, financial cartoons about recession, cartoons about depression, financial cartoons about loans, cartoons about economic theory, financial cartoons about  investment strategy, financial cartoons about mutual funds, financial cartoons about hedge funds, financial cartoons about money market funds, financial cartoons for newsletters, financial cartoons for presentations, financial cartoons for seminars, financial cartoons for education, financial cartoons for newspapers, financial cartoons for your next project, presentation or publication, financial cartoons for any type of print or electronic media. E-mail: randy@glasbergen.com

Financial Cartoons by Randy Glasbergen


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Cartoon Prints Available!

Cartoons prints are now available from King Features!

The Better Half, matted, framed and ready to hang on your wall!

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