Jonny Hawkins tells The Daily Cartoonist:
[O]n January 14th on a beautiful Friday evening, I got an email from the acquisitions editor at Tribune (now called Tribune Content Agency) saying they loved Zoolies and wanted to syndicate it. I was elated. It was one week before my daughter’s 15th birthday.
So, 33 years after it was created, Zoolies finally has a home – endangered no more. Well, we hope and pray. It is open to all the newspapers and any and all on the web who would like it. I signed a contract 3 weeks ago and I’m putting the finishing touches on the first 100 panels … It will be 7 days a week.
Thirty-three years after creation?
Jonny Hawkins has been creating single panel cartoons for over 30 years. During that time, his work has been in 900 publications and in his own line of 5 annual bestselling “Cartoon a Day” calendars. He has 50,000 cartoons available on topics ranging far and wide from church to business to medical, fishing, pets and education.
Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Reader’s Digest, Guideposts, Woman’s World, Medical Economics, London Daily Mirror, Punch, Saturday Evening Post, Medical Post, Barron’s, Air and Space Smithsonian, Phi Delta Kappan, Boy’s Life, Parade Magazine, AARP Bulletin, The American Heart Association, The Federal Lawyer, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Texas Lawyer, San Antonio Lawyer, Texas Bar Journal, Louisiana Record, and 76 Chicken Soup for the Soul books are just a few of the “over 900 publications” where Jonny’s cartoons have appeared.
above: Hawkins cartoons from Defenestration and Agri-View
We asked Jonny for a little background about his career and his history with syndication.
The syndication part begins with some disappointment:
Lambiek Comiclopedia’s profile fills in Jonny’s early career:
He sold his first cartoons to the Christian publishing house Scripture Press in 1986. He has continued to produce work for Christian publications ever since. His cartoon series ‘Stained Glass’ ran in church bulletins across the USA in the 1990s, and Hawkins’ religious cartoons have also appeared in Christianity Today, Today’s Christian Living, Guideposts, Faith Today, The Joyful Noiseletter, Focus on the Family and the Katy Christian Magazine, for which he creates the comic strip ‘Katy and Bend’.
Jonny continues with his struggles to get syndicated:
Jonny’s most widely read cartoons were probably his panel contributions
to the King Features Syndicate features New Breed and Laff-a-Day.
Zoolies by Jonny Hawkins has not been put on the schedule yet since the contracts were only finalized a month ago. Until the panel appears in your local newspaper Jonny’s cartoons can be enjoyed in a number of books and cartoon-a-day calendars.