Randy had a knack for knowing exactly who was tiptoeing up the stairs to pester him in his third floor studio. Before their foot touched the last step he’d call out their name, and either “Come on up” or “not now” depending on the depth of focus he was in at the time. Most days Randy had music blaring, genres ranging from the Monkees to top forties. His studio decor was as eclectic as his music, and accentuated his kid like personality. Not one but dozens of Captain Action figures and GI Joe’s stood on a shelf still in their boxes. Randy relived his childhood one Amazon order at a time, and was thrilled to tell his kids and grandkids about the childhood action figures exactly like the ones displayed. Continue reading
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
If you would like to do an interview or profile for your website, blog or publication, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The most frequently asked question any cartoonist hears is…
Where do you get your ideas?
Since I do this for a living, I can’t sit around waiting for the Inspiration Fairy to fly in my window. I must think up several new cartoon ideas every day. I find it helps to have a reliable routine. If my routine worked for me yesterday, I can assume it will work for me again today. I start by refilling my coffee cup, then I grab a yellow legal pad and pencil, and some sort of idea-stimulator like a magazine, an old cartoon book, or an article on the web. Most days I start writing ideas around 10:30 AM and finish before lunch.
An ad in a business magazine about a company’s environmental policies might start me thinking in that direction about going green, whether the company is sincere or just chasing a politically correct trend, where to find money for this sort of thing in a tight economy, other things that are green (frogs, money, eyes, cupcakes, boogers, envy, etc). After a few minutes of brain storming, I’ll start jotting down ideas and after an hour or two I usually have 10-15 new cartoon ideas. After lunch I’ll look at the ideas again, draw up a few and put the others aside to maybe draw some other time if I think they’re good enough.
The idea always comes before the drawing. (Without an idea I wouldn’t know what to draw.) While I draw, I often re-write and edit my cartoon captions, trying to make them better in some way, shorter, easier to understand, funnier wording.
You might not realize it to look at me, but I exercise almost every day because it stimulates the creative process. In my experience, physical energy and creative energy are inseparable. When I’m feeling energetic, I write better. When I’m tired, my writing suffers. If I’m feeling sluggish on some days, a 15-20 minute walk around the block will usually help. I imagine this is true for any type of creative idea work, whether it’s a project at work or school, a sermon, a magazine article, whatever.
I’ll answer some other questions in future editions of the blog. If you have any questions or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you!