Technology affects cartoonists

technology affects cartoonistsTechnology affects cartoonists in so many ways now and in my last article about the web impacting cartooning and journalism.

I am continuing a with a bit more from that same article from Dave Astor‘s book Comic (and Column) Confessional.

Dave’s book has so many interesting stories about cartoonists and the business of comic strip syndication. Here to follow is another excerpt:

On the other hand it was a pleasure working for the excellent Montclair Times editor Mark Porter, who had published a number of my “Montclairvoyant” columns by early 2004.

Mark was friendly, modest, treated people with respect, edited copy carefully, and consulted writers when he wanted to change something.

More work can impact cartoon output

But I no longer answered to any cartoon editor, because I had dropped my drawing efforts in 2003 (I covered Dave Astor’s cartooning efforts previously).

The Editor & Publisher job and Times column took up many hours, and I couldn’t justify using more family time to also keep doing cartoons.

Economy and the internet affected cartooning

Besides, the tough economy had lowered the revenues of the niche magazines that published cartoons.

So my sales went from modest in the late 1990’s to pathetic by 2003. But I was grateful that my six year drawing “career” gave me more insight into the cartoon field I covered for Editor & Publisher magazine.

Just like “Montclairvoyant” helped me understand the column field I also covered in my day job. (Given that I often worked into the evening at E&P, “day job” isn’t quite the right term).

One thing I often satirized in my early Times pieces was a greedy local developer’s ultimately successful effort to knock down Montclair’s beautiful Marlboro Inn (which partly dated back to the 1840’s) in order to cram the property with ten tacky McMansions.

The subdivision originally had the snooty name of “Hempstead at Montclair”, which I shortened to HAM in my columns so I could call it ‘s future reseidents HAMsters and HAMburgers.

But the developer changed the name to the less-mock-able Christopher Court.

I’m a great believer in the historic preservation and a big foe of overdevelopment.

And also had some personal interest  in the Malboro Inn’s survival.

I lived three blocks from it, and Laurel and I had been considering it for our wedding site. But with the Inn’s future looking bleak, we instead chose the Montclair Women’s Club for the ceremony and reception that would take place on May 15.

I will soon feature yet, another excerpt from this interesting book so keep an eye open!