On the Road to Becoming a Cartoonist; or, The Sandra Bell-Lundy Story

I still can’t believe I’ve spent my working life creating a comic strip for a living. There is nothing else I aspired or aspire to be. How damn lucky can a person be?

Sandra Bell-Lundy relives her early life as a cartoonist aborning.

The idea of syndication didn’t actually occur to me on my own. A woman I was working with while designing newspaper ads for a business I worked for is the person who set the wheels in motion. She knew I liked to draw cartoons because I would draw them to use in our advertisements. She researched syndication and the syndicates and suggested we try to work on a comic strip together. She would write and I would draw.

Sandra recounts her first success as she gets her comic strip into a local paper.

At this point, I had managed to convince the St. Catharines Standard (my local paper) to print my comic from Monday to Saturday.

above: a very early Just Between Friends comic strip from September 5, 1990

Just Between Friends ran in the St. Catharines Standard beginning September 3, 1990 and spread through self-syndication to a few other Canadian newspapers. And then…

It wouldn’t be too much later that I was contacted by Jay Kennedy who wanted to work with me to develop my comic for possible syndication.

above: the first King Features distributed Between Friends of February 21, 1994

Check out The Beginnings of My Cartoon Career at Sandra’s substack.

You can read Between Friends daily at Comics Kingdom.