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I've always defined myself not as a cartoonist, but as an entrepreneur. That was true before I tried cartooning. I always imagined cartooning would be how I got my seed capital. I always thought my other businesses would be the less dominant part of my life.
In middle school, I started to draw, and my pencil sketches were huge. They were these 4ft by 3ft drawings, and I got a lot of attention for that, so that was very validating. But I didn't start cartooning until I was in college.
Cartooning at its best is a fine art. I'm a cartoonist who works in the medium of animation, which also allows me to paint my cartoons.
People go into cartooning because they're shy and they're angry. That's when you're sitting in the back of a classroom drawing the teacher.
Cartooning is about deconstruction: you gotta tear something down to make a joke.
There is a relationship between cartooning and people like Mir= and Picasso which may not be understood by the cartoonist, but it definitely is related even in the early Disney.
My future plans are hazy, and I've yet to experience how much cartooning is in my blood and therefore how much I'll miss it. But I have some other interests, especially in music, and I will probably take the opportunity to delve into those things more deeply.
Cartooning is for people who can't quite draw and can't quite write. You combine the two half-talents and come up with a career.
You know, comics were created at the same time as the cinema. And the cinema very quickly became a major art. Cartooning didn't become a major art. There's a reason for that. People don't know how to deal with drawings.
Cartooning is a wonderful career, and I'd like more women to get to have it. I can't think of any reason why we won't see more syndicated female cartoonists in the future.
It is more raw and unfettered and I'm more likely going into something you could call extreme cartooning. There's a lot of that in the course of 'Holy Terror.' There are interludes where there are pictures - cartoon pictures - of modern figures and they are all wordless. It's up to readers to put the words in.
I actually find a lot of parallels in jazz and cartooning.
Certainly in cartooning I'm given huge free rein at the moment.
But to me what seems to be missing in a lot of portfolios is Cartooning.
Cartooning is an honorable thing.
I hope to actually get back to painting someday... soon. I sort of transitioned into cartooning from painting.
I was doing illustration work, and the cartooning slowly took over.
I'm really interested in making a mark on a paper and letting that be cursive shorthand for an idea - that's the origin of cartooning.
So cartooning, for me, is an honorable thing. It's pushing the envelope. It's the truth of something through exaggeration.
There was a teacher who recognized that I was interested in cartooning and he was great.
But now that I'm cartooning full-time, I'm more of an observer. I'm talking to people who are experiencing these things. But it's not like being in the trenches.
I think funny is just the foundation. I don't really think, to some extent, funny is the absolute most important thing. It should also communicate some idea through the medium of cartooning. Just to be funny is... You know what, the things that you laugh hardest at aren't cartoons.
Cartooning was a good fit for me. And yet now, years later, I almost never think about it.
I'm skeptical of the 'go local' approach to cartooning to preserve your job.
The journalism school helped me develop writing skills, and I had been enjoying cartooning from a very young age. My interest in puppetry, however, came much later.
William Arthur Ward
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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