Tech Cartoons About Computers
Tech cartoons have always been a favorite to draw. I have been creating these types of cartoons all the way back into the 1970’s long before Facebook or Twitter were a gleam in nerd’s eyes! I’ve had an interest in creating them since I liked the actual challenge of drawing the old big bulky reel to reel main frame computers.
In the early days of technology, believe it or not a huge number of trade journal publications existed that were devoted to personal computers, main frame computers and the like. Main frames were basically those that you’d see in government offices or big rows of machines with lights all across the front, with magnetic wheels spinning off and on, humming away!
Cartoons were always a featured content in many tech magazines
Many publications were eager to consider these kinds of cartoons. Enterprise Sytems Journal was for main frame devotees…and paid rather well for a trade magazine – at $150.00 per cartoon. Datamation was yet another decent market (at least then) paying $50.00 per panel when published. Other titles were obvious, ComputorEdge, Personal Computer World, Technology Review, Computer World (another decent market at $200.00 per accepted cartoon) and many others.
Technology cartoons reprinted in text books
At times, getting a panel published in one of these specialized publications could also elicit an inquiry from a text book publisher. Since so many textbooks were being distributed to allow college students to learn more about computers in an educational environment. These reprint requests were usually generated after the cartoon was seen by an art director or photo editor at one of the big text book
These ancillary requests also meant you could renegotiate yet another additional “reprint” fee for your work, that was considered extra gravy. In most cases now, these photo editors are many times negotiating “free” usage from naive beginners or getting a lower quality of work from unwitting art school drop-outs, unbeknownst to them, the real value of their work and the existing budgets available to them.