Once upon a time, in the 20th century, cartoonists submitted
gag cartoons to the top magazines – The New Yorker, Esquire,
Playboy. Gags rejected by those editors were recycled to the next
tier – SatEvePost, Collier’s, True. And so on down the line to
trade journals and then to those joke and cartoon magazines.
By the end of the line the sale of the once-rejected cartoons
wouldn’t be paying for the mortgage or putting food on the table.
But they would recoup the cost of postage and supplies
allowing the cartoonist to start the process again.
Now, a couple of decades into the 21st century,
the fate of those rejected cartoons, in a severely
diminished market, follow a different path.
Here is cartoonist Michael Maslin’s story of his rejects: