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How to Make Big Money Selling Your Comic Strip

A flair for whimsical drawings and a keen sense of humor aren’t enough to cut it as a professional cartoonist. With the number of daily and weekly newspapers dwindling in the information age, there’s more competition than ever to land a recurring spot in a paper’s print edition. Making a full-time living–and in most cases, “big money” is a relative term in cartoonist circles–typically relies upon securing syndication or, grasping digital age business plans, using the Internet to self-publish your comic and then generate revenue from merchandise.

Wilhelm Schnotz, via Hearst’s Houston Chronicle, tells how.

1. Develop your comic strip to its full extent before you begin submitting it to syndicates…

2. Create four to six weeks of sample strips, including at least two full-color Sunday strips…

3. Submit sample strips and other materials as required to syndicates…

4. Consider self-syndication, in which you independently submit your strips to comics or editors at individual newspapers…

5. Consider self-publishing your strip as a Web-based comic…

6. Develop strip-related merchandising…

 

Community Comments

#1 Steve
June/27/2022
@ 1:37 pm

This reminds me of the advice from my flight instructor, “How do you make a million dollars in aviation? First you start with two million…” ;-)

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