Cartoon Success Secrets: A Tribute to 30 Years of Cartoonist Profiles

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Cartoon Success Secrets offers a veritable comics college education on how to succeed as a cartoonist. It features insider's perspectives from 20 top cartoonists, whose comic strips such as Zits, Garfield, Cathy, and For Better or For Worse appear in at least a thousand newspapers every day.

Author Jud Hurd caught the cartooning bug more than three quarters of a century ago, and at age 90 he's still not cured. Now, in Cartoon Success Secrets, the editor of the cartooning ...

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Overview

Cartoon Success Secrets offers a veritable comics college education on how to succeed as a cartoonist. It features insider's perspectives from 20 top cartoonists, whose comic strips such as Zits, Garfield, Cathy, and For Better or For Worse appear in at least a thousand newspapers every day.

Author Jud Hurd caught the cartooning bug more than three quarters of a century ago, and at age 90 he's still not cured. Now, in Cartoon Success Secrets, the editor of the cartooning industry's leading insider magazine, CARTOONIST PROfiles, shares the colorful stories and sage advice of his cartoonist colleagues.

Through his personal encounters with virtually every cartoonist legend of the last four decades, Hurd amassed countless insights from the world's best cartoonists on how they rose to the top of their field. Now, for the first time ever, he shares his early conversations with such famous cartoonists as Walt Disney, Rube Goldberg, H. T. Webster, George McManus, Frederick Opper, and countless others who succeeded in selling their creations to major syndicates and attaining their cartooning aspirations. Their words will inspire all who have dreamed of becoming a famous cartoonist.

Many books have profiled cartooning legends, but never before has a book compiled detailed advice from these creators on how they achieved their success. Cartoon Success Secrets is sure to fascinate cartoon enthusiasts the world over, from fledgling cartoonists looking to break into the industry to fans of the funny pages wanting to know how their favorite artists made it big.

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This hefty tome is a both a collection of Hurd's profiles of cartoonists and an insider's memoir of meeting and interviewing one's heroes. The first half charts Hurd's own life, from a 12-year-old fan worshiping the Sunday funnies to the beginning of his career in comics in the 1920s. Working first in animation and then on his own syndicated comic, Hurd developed a long career in the industry, eventually beginning the magazine Cartoonist Profiles, which he continues to this day. Fittingly, the first half of this work is taken up with reminiscences of cartooning greats like Rube Goldberg, E.C. Segar and even Walt Disney. These warm, casual memories are a delight, providing an oral history of these legendary figures accompanied by snapshots and ephemera. The book's second half moves into the present, with interviews and articles taken from Cartoonist Profiles. While not quite revealing "success secrets," these interviews do provide well-rounded portraits of professional cartoonists. Hurd writes from within the industry and with real affection, making this first collection of his magazine a compelling portrait of the comic strip industry past and present. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780740738098
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Author Jud Hurd may tell friends that he's been "in the cartooning business since year one," but it only seems like it. The venerable cartooning editor actually began in 1925. In 1969, he founded CARTOONIST PROfiles, which has been providing an insider's perspective on the cartooning industry ever since. Today, he lives with his wife in Connecticut

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Part 1 The Masters 1
Let the Magic Begin! 2
E. C. Segar and Popeye 7
Rube Goldberg 10
H. T. Webster 16
Frederick Burr Opper 19
Walt Disney 24
George Herriman and Krazy Kat 26
The Charles Mintz Studio 29
Just Hurd in Hollywood and NEA 33
Crypto Chris and World War II 39
Industrial Cartoons, Ticker Toons, and Health Capsules 44
National Cartoonists Society 54
Harold Gray and Little Orphan Annie 58
Harry Hershfield and Abie the Agent 66
Part 2 Profiles 69
Stan Drake and The Heart of Juliet Jones 70
Roy Crane and Buz Sawyer on Artistic Atmosphere 82
Art and Chip Sansom and The Born Loser 87
Brant Parker and Johnny Hart and the Wizard of Id 96
Charles Schulz and Peanuts 102
Johnny Hart and B.C. 106
Bob Thaves and Frank and Ernest 112
Mort Walker Converses with Dik Browne 119
Zeke Zekley on George McManus and Bringing Up Father 130
Jay Maeder and Garry Trudeau on Problems Cartoonists Face 136
Dean Young and Blondie 140
More on Johnny Hart 146
Hank Ketcham and Dennis the Menace 157
Bill Watterson and Calvin and Hobbes 164
More from Hank Ketcham 169
Jim Davis and Garfield 174
Dean Young and Stan Drake on Blondie 182
Mike Peters and Mother Goose & Grimm 190
Scott Adams and Dilbert 197
Bill Amend and FoxTrot 204
Bob Weber and Moose & Molly 209
Ray Billingsley and Curtis 218
Greg Evans and Luann 227
Brian Walker, Greg Walker, and Chance Browne on Hi and Lois 233
Jeff MacNelly and Shoe 243
Ron Ferdinand and Dennis the Menace 250
Denis Lebrun and Blondie 259
Aaron McGruder and The Boondocks 265
Marcus Hamilton and Dennis the Menace 273
Family Circus: The Next Generation 284
Cathy Guisewite and Cathy 291
A Day in the Life of Zits 301
Lynn Johnston and For Better or For Worse 310
Hector Cantu and Carlos Castellanos and Baldo 314
Afterword: Tributes 331
Acknowledgments 349
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