Rose Anne Retires to the Cartooning Life

Rose Anne Prevec is about to reach 100 — cartoons sold, that is.

A few years ago, the Dundas artist, who had been illustrating books and drawing cartoons for family and friends, decided to take her cartooning more seriously.

“At first, I posted my cartoons directly on Instagram,” she tells me. “Once those started getting attention from people who weren’t related to me, I went looking for publications.

Regina Haggo, for The Hamilton Spectator, profiles the (fairly) newly-minted cartoonist.

How did Rose Anne Prevec transition from communications to cartooning?

Prevec says she’s had a lot to learn to get up to speed. She read books on cartooning, listened to podcasts and signed up for classes with Amy Kurzweil, a cartoonist for The New Yorker. And most importantly, she drew and drew.

“I’ve now sold 99 cartoons to a variety of publications, notably Airmail, Alta Journal, Narrative, Reader’s Digest, The Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Humorist, and a bunch of other trade magazines and newsletters, as well as a handful of commissions.”

cartoons © Rose Anne Prevec

It didn’t hurt that she was an “illustrator of 3 children’s books, and writer. I studied art and art history, writing, and marketing at McMaster University where I worked at the McMaster Museum of Art for more than two decades.”

For the McMaster University retirees’ newsletter this Summer Rose Anne briefly wrote about her new career:

During my career spent promoting the work of weighty, world-class artists at the McMaster Museum of Art, there never seemed like a good time to whip out a stash of my cartoons and say, “Look at these things I made.” My doodles were private, shared only on birthday and Christmas cards to close friends and family. That changed in 2020.

Rose Anne Prevec’s home page is Groundhog Hill.

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