How I became a syndicated cartoonist stories

I’m sure Sandra Bell-Lundy wasn’t the first to pen a multi-part narrative of her journey to become a syndicated cartoonist, but recently several others have offered up their stories as well.

First we have John Hambrock with his feature The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee. Part 1, 2 and 3 The creation of an early work of a strip entitled “Second Nature,” its rejection and attempt at self-syndication. Part 4 is about a new strip called Bill which was a precursor to the Edison Lee strip in many ways. His latest in the series deals with the creation of a strip called Edison and the gamble to submit it to the syndicates. More is still to come.

Next we have Paul Gilligan of Pooch Cafe. Part 1: talks of his formative years in elementary school, sure of what he wanted to be when he grew up; Part 2: A divergence into animation and a return to illustration and Part 3 delves into college and doing illustrations for the Ottawa Citizen Newspaper. Watch Paul’s blog for more.

Lastly we read about Karen Montague-Reyes, the creator of Clear Blue Water. Part 1: Her first two submissions and rejections, Part 2: The Clear Blue Water submission and a call from Universal Press; Part 3: Working for the development contract and Part 4: The worry of not knowing whether the development work was going to make the grade, meeting Lee Salem and getting THE phone call saying they were going to syndicate her.

5 thoughts on “How I became a syndicated cartoonist stories

  1. You know, what’s even more interesting and valuable to know is how one stops being a syndicated cartoonist. There’s more drama, more heartbreak, more adjectives… More can be learned from one’s failures than successes. Alas, these depressing stories are never told except in dark, stinky bars.

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