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Mark Anderson on how to fail properly

Andertoons cartoonist Mark Anderson has a nice summary of his presentation he gave back in February at the Success in Comics seminar.

I must have done everything right, right? Not so much. When I take a good hard look at it, probably 95% of the things I’ve tried ended up failing. But the other 5% turned out really good.

If I had a mantra, it would be this: fail big, fail messy, and fail often. I’m not saying you should make stupid or rash decisions, just stop being afraid of things not working out, because, realistically, for the most part they won’t. But if you’re not failing, you’re not trying.

Good advice.

Community Comments

#1 Bob Andelman
@ 3:45 pm

Get to know Mark Anderson and learn more about his unique cartooning business plan in this Mr. Media video interview: (Oh, and he gives a demonstration of his technique, too!)

#2 Jim Lavery
@ 7:40 am

Thanks, Mark! I’m going to use your advice and hopefully fail in no time!

#3 Terry LaBan
@ 7:50 am

Looks like I’m doing something right after all.

#4 Frank M Hansen
@ 12:15 pm

Great post by Mark. Thank you for sharing.

#5 Joe Engesser
@ 10:23 pm

Great article and Mr. Media interview. Never heard it put better when describing how the cartoonist’s mind works. Really enjoyed this, Mark…thanks!

#6 Rich Diesslin
@ 8:46 pm

Mark gave a good presentation at the seminar so I’m sure the write-up is good as well.

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