How To Feed A Cartoonist by Randy Glasbergen
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”, “share” , “subscribe” , “add to favorites” or “comment”. These simple clicks add up and show advertisers where to send their payments.
Your support matters and it is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
This sponsored cartoon got more than 1,500 Facebook shares in just a few hours!
Glasbergen Cartoons are now featured on GoComics.com, the world’s largest website for syndicated comic strips, panels and webcomics.
I will be featuring a different cartoon every day alongside Calvin and Hobbes, Pickles, Shoe, Dilbert, Garfield, Pearls Before Swine, Ziggy and hundreds of your favorite comic strips, panels, webcomics and editorial cartoons. GoComics is also the home of “Thin Lines”, my weekly health and fitness cartoon.
I’m excited to be a part of GoComics and welcome your comments on each day’s cartoon. These cartoons are 100% supported by advertising, so your likes, shares, clicks, tweets, pins and comments are always welcome and most appreciated!
A full comic catalog can be found at GoComics.com or via its free mobile/tablet app on multiple platforms.
“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:
- The Quick and Dirty Guide to Copyright Rules
- 10 Copyright Myths Explained
- Frequently Asked Questions About Copyright
- Copyright Infringement Defined
- Legal Lesson Learned: Copywriter Pays $4,000 for $10 Photo
- Common Workplace Activities Can Cause Copyright Problems
Copyright permission is easy and affordable. All you need to do is ask.
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/
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Today’s Cartoon by Randy Glasbergen @ www.glasbergen.com Cartoons for newsletters, presentations, social media, merchandise, advertising, greeting cards, calendars, syndication and more.
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.
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Interviews and Profiles: Randy Glasbergen, Cartoonist.
Thank you to The Saturday Evening Post for writing such a nice profile about me and my cartoons in a recent edition of Meet The Cartoonist!
If you’d like to read more, here are some other interviews and profiles you can find online:
A Nickel’s Worth by Scott Nickel : 20 Questions with Randy Glasbergen.
Interview with Pet News and Views
Blogcritics Culture: An Interview with Cartoonist Randy Glasbergen
David-Wasting-Paper: Randy Glasbergen – Cartoonist Survey #106
Creators Syndicate / creators.com: Slapstik Magazine Interviews Randy Glasbergen
Wikipedia: Randy Glasbergen
King Features Syndicate / About The Cartoonist: “The Better Half” by Randy Glasbergen
The Bacharach Blog: Glasbergen Website Review