For the unsyndicated comic strip aspirant, there’s a good thead over at Toontalk posted by Lee Nordling on how to increase your chances at getting syndicated (see thread “A pop quiz: ‘What It Takes To Sell Your Comic Strip'”). It’s worth your time.
The following quiz was used as the structure for a workshop at the 2002 Pro/Con that ran during the San Diego Comic-Con. I was joined by panelists, Gordon Kent (writer of the ?Rugrats? comic strip, and co-creator of the ?Pink Panther? comic strip) and Stuart Rees (cartoonist and legal counsel specializing in the comic strip medium), and we discussed how a cartoonist can put him-or-herself into that upper echelon of comic strip creators who actually get considered for newspaper syndication. The version you’re about to read distills the general consensus of answers that were arrived at by the panel, but by no means represents the opinions of all the panelists.
BTW, Lee Nordling is the author of “Your Career In The Comics” a book I highly recommend if you’re considering getting into the comic strip business. Lee was also planning on creating a comic strip syndication seminar to help the unsyndicated masses learn more about the business.