Cartoons and comics not getting enough respect in publishing

Respecting Comics and Cartoons

My last post was about Dave Astor’s position at Editor & Publisher magazine  got me to thinking if I had my old copies of the tearsheets of ‘Syndicates / News Services‘and sure enough, I found a horde of them.respecting-comics-cartoons Ideal for making a new  post about whether or not respecting comics cartoons is now relevant in today’s society.
I think it’s worth considering these days…since this article dates back to 1991 before people had access to all forms of electronic information. In the article it is mentioned that “many people interviewed had felt that comics are just for kids”, commented cartoonist Mort Walker of King Features Syndicate.

Respecting comics cartoons is huge in Europe

The article goes on to say: Cartoonists are not sitting around or anything, and they acknowledge that some of their better-known peers get plenty of recognition and publicity.

Charles Schulz for instance, told Editor & Publisher: “I’m the last one to have any complaint.” But there is still a feeling that “the funnies” are sort of looked down upon in the United States – a feeling that really hits cartoonists when they are abroad.

“In Europe, cartoonists are regarded as artists and cartooning as a fine art,” said Mell Lazarus who most recently traveled to Hungary and England (from this 1991 interview). “They get enormous respect . It’s a feeling me and most of my colleagues  get rarely in this country.”

Walker recalled receiving “movie star” treatment in Sweden a couple of years ago that was “almost frightening”. Fans met him at the airport, photographers followed him around, and autograph seekers flocked to a book signing. “I sat there signing books for three hours and never saw the end of the line,” said Walker.

“It makes you think of being an expatriate,” joked  “Mother Goose & Grimm” creator Mike Peters of Tribune Media Services. Reading this article from this horde of ‘Syndicates / News Services’ section of Editor & Publisher was quite refreshing and does ignite a question as to whether or not comic strips and their creators even get any respect…a question that was always a favorite by non other than Rodney Dangerfield.

I will refer to many of the interesting articles and advertisements throughout this horde, and include them in future blog posts relating to cartoons, cartooning and cartoonist news!