Some people get depressed over the holidays. Cartoonists are no exception, seeing as rejection is all part of the profession. At least when we vent about it, it turns into a cartoon.
A number of Christmases ago, I mailed the above card to only a few cartoonist friends. All of these were true things that editors told me -- except for the last one. The last one is true, but it wasn't said by an editor. Here's the breakdown:
- Standard rejection letter phrase.
- A famous cartoon editor told me this face to face while looking at my work.
- An advertising client who thought I'd lost it after loving my first batch of cartoons.
- Better Homes and Gardens, etc.
- My mother-in-law. And she has a point. Color cartoons are better.
- Nothing like an editor who places his finger in your cartoony pie.
- Esquire Magazine.
- Rejection letter, Funny Times.
- See #2
- The New York Daily News.
- Several clients. Yes, really. They underestimate their audiences.
- My wife.
And there we have it! Gosh, whatta bitter person I am!!! I guess I drew back a nub after my encounter with the ol' Black Dog of Depression! You see why most people who want to cartoon professionally quit after an average of 6 months! Ha ha ha!
OK, now I get back to drawing ...