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Mike Smith interviewed in alumi magazine

Las Vegas Sun editorial cartoonist Mike Smith was recently interviewed in the alumni magazine of his alma mater Loyola Marymount University.

If a student cartoonist at The Loyolan today asks you for advice, would you advise him or her to switch to computer animation?

I would tell them that they need to be very versed in the Internet. They need to know how to use the Internet, how to create Web pages, how to disseminate their work online and, possibly, how to make their work more viable online. If that means animating an editorial cartoon or making sure that it?s in color, those are important things to do. I don?t know that animation is the key. There are some people who are animating editorial cartoons, but they haven?t had tremendous success in selling them to syndicates. I would caution the students that if they want to be an editorial cartoonist and get a job on a print paper, that?s going to be very difficult in this environment.

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