Do you crave high stress, low pay and lack of job security? Pick up a pen (or a Wacom tablet) and join the cartoon community! I’m not referring as much to animation, graphic novels, freelance illustration or other disciplines but SINGLE-PANEL GAG CARTOONS—broken dreams, talking to yourself, unpaid cartoons, stolen work and so much more.
Famed New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein, he of the Ultimate Cartoon books and others, through years of research has determined that being a “single-panel gag cartoonist” is the worst job in America.
One of the joys of the profession of single-panel gag cartooning is the assurance you will be taken advantage of…
Bob even performed an analytical research study and has a list that confirms his suspicion:
Top 10 Most Difficult Occupations 2023
4. Driving Instructor For Narcoleptics
3. Mime College Gym Teacher
2. Single-panel Gag Cartoonist
1. Single-panel Gag Cartoonist Assistant
feature image by Bob Eckstein and taken from his Career Authors interview