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I don't use gag writers either, but a number of other cartoonists do. This really is kinda like an underground sorta thing. I mean, I've met a couple of guys who wrote for Charles Addams back in the day. I didn't know he had gag writers until I spoke with them. Gag writers are sort of an open secret. THE HOKINSON FESTIVAL, a collection of Helen Hokinson's New Yorker cartoons, is introduced by the man who wrote most of her gags. So, it's not like it's a secret. Thurber's THE YEARS WITH ROSS describes "tinkering," wherein a writer (usually White) would play around with a gag or sweeten it. Some of today's daily newspaper strip cartoonists use gag writers as well. Gag writers (at least for magazine gag cartoons) typically get 30% of the sale, and that means that you better know some good-selling cartoonists to make some decent $$$.
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2009 on Gag Writing - Just Say No at Andertoons Cartoon Blog
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You mean you have to wash and wear clothes? And travel more than just down your own hallway? Blurgh!
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Some great advice, my friend! "Phone chops" is a great term, and it's true that you can't hide behind your email. You got a problem or a concern, CALL THEM. And, yeah, I could have learned more about business before going into cartooning full-time.
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Not only does he already have that great dynamic perspective on the Doc Ock octopus arms, he letters better than I do now!
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This is one of my favorites.
Toggle Commented May 14, 2009 on Happy Mother's Day! at Andertoons Cartoon Blog
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Nicely done!
Toggle Commented May 14, 2009 on Final SAHD Logo at Andertoons Cartoon Blog
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Love it!
Toggle Commented May 11, 2009 on LEGO Moose at Andertoons Cartoon Blog
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Baby with coffee? That's me! I think you should do a comic about SAHDs. Really. It would be good.
Toggle Commented May 5, 2009 on SAHD Logo at Andertoons Cartoon Blog
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"'Look at me, this is me on page 41!'" I LOLed out loud & everything at this quote. Last year, I alienated one of the cashiers at the local grocery when I told her I was buying Women's World that week because a cartoon of mine was in it. "I'm a cartoonist!," I told her. She looked at me as though I'd lost my marbles. Whoever heard of a person who makes money selling little wacky drawings? I learned from then on the lesson that you so aptly imbed in the interview: "you can't do that." Cartoonists should be seen and not heard.
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I've worn glasses since I was 12 years old. To draw, I have to take my glasses off. I always thought this was odd, but I can see best up close without them. I found out a while ago that Stan Goldberg, who draws Archie, also does this.
Toggle Commented Apr 2, 2009 on Bifocals at Andertoons Cartoon Blog
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Wow! I really like this. Nice touch that one fellow has a black spacesuit on, the other a white.
Toggle Commented Apr 2, 2009 on "B" Spaceship at Andertoons Cartoon Blog
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I hate you for your pastry.
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Ooh! That "Boss Grease Man of the World" looks like ME!!! I better buy that URL!
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2009 on Galena Weekend at Andertoons Cartoon Blog
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The "Tell me about your mother" cartoon is one of the funniest cartoons I have ever seen. Thanks for that! I get your jazzy Andertoons music in my head now. I am concerned it may shove out some valid gag cartoon ideas of my own, dang it.
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I really liked these. Yeah, Heaven not working out as you had thought it would = always funny!
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Please record the song that you made up with your kids & put it on iTunes!
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I like these more than I should. I am succumbing to Legos! Arrgh!!!
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I love the fact that at the last minute you rewrote the gag line to the "What in God's name are you talking about." One cartoonist I chat with always says it's the last cartoon you do, the one you rush through, the one you draw up just to add one to the batch you are sending -- it's THAT ONE that sells.
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Ooh. I like these. Morticia ... yummy! My First Goth!
Toggle Commented Mar 24, 2009 on Addams Family Card Game at Andertoons Cartoon Blog
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I laugh out loud more at these than I ever have at any of those animated Ringtales shorts.
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"Baked ziti" is a funny couple of words, no matter the context!
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Ooh. I looked at your Flickr photos. I like how the wings pivot.
Toggle Commented Feb 26, 2009 on LEGO Egg Fighter at Andertoons Cartoon Blog
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I love these, but was sadly disappointed that, when reading the gag lines, you did not use your tacky Irish brogue accent. Great cartoons, as usual!!!!
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I like these so much. I always laugh at them. Good ol' Mark Andertoons. You are so funny. How I hate you!
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