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Postby Scatman on Sat Dec 29, 2001 6:07 am

One of the things I've got to learn from this site is time management. Over the holidays, it was tough to devote as much time as I'd like to the toons. So, to give me a little wiggle room, I'm going to run the series about Lester having truck problems that I mentioned earlier. Because the series runs for 12 strips, two weeks in real comics land, I'll run the strips daily. So from Monday, 12-31 to Saturday, 1-12, a new strip will appear every day but Sunday.<P>I originally did the strips in the spring, so as I look at them now, I see some things I'd change. But I think there are a few good ideas in there, so I hope you enjoy your extra helpings of Home Fries for the next two weeks.<P>Happy New Year!<p>[This message has been edited by Scatman (edited 12-30-2001).]
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Postby Yupyop on Sun Dec 30, 2001 9:05 am

I like after-Christmas presents <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/smile.gif">!
Question for Greg. In your contact with the syndicates decision makers, how important is it for the cartoonist to prove he or she can handle daily deadlines over a long period of time? I realize the syndicates look for other qualities, but is the webcartoonist who has done his or her comic daily over a long period more seriously considered than the webcartoonist with a comic that appears three times a week? Or is the ability to handle deadlines not considered until the development stage with the syndicate?
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Postby GregCartoonist on Mon Dec 31, 2001 5:22 am

Yo, yupyop.<P>First, a clarification. I don't have a contract with the syndicate- I've got an agreement with Scott Stantis, who then had to change his syndicate contract slightly. <P>So I can make an educated guess at your answer, but take it with a grain of salt and the understanding that the only syndicate contract I'VE ever seen was a development deal, and I turned it down.<P>Yes.<P>Yes, I think the syndicates feel its VERY important to prove you can crank out three hundred and sixty five cartoons on schedule every year. That, and the oft-proven ability to write and draw humorously, is what seems to make it easier for editorial cartoonists to step up and get a new feature syndicated. To us mere mortals, it seems they do this at will, but I don't know how many editorial cartoonists have had features turned down, or how many cute ideas that editorial cartoonists bounce around before they settle on one or two to mention to their editors.<P>
I wonder if this isn't also the reason that development contracts ask for two years of unpaid labor- it probably weeds out those 'cartoonists' that get fed up with constantly producing to someone else's schedule and would have bailed on a feature in their first year- a costly and embarrassing mess for the syndicate.<P>I got my gig because I've been a commercial cartoonist for ten years (I don't mind editors, art directors, deadlines or changes in the slightest) I'd known Scott for about that long, and I confidently said that I could mimic his style quickly and seamlessly- I meant it, but it took longer than I liked. <P>You know, the guys that could really answer your question are Dave Kellet, who draws 'Sheldon', and the guy that draws 'Gravity'... Coffman? something like that... I'd value their opinions over my own in a heartbeat.<P>
Hey, off the subject but guess what? If any of you guys watch 'Battlebots' make sure you pay special attention the second week in January- Scott and I are supposed to be making an appearance! We did some cartoons where the Bucket boys tried to build a 'bot. Somebody from the show contacted the syndicate. Neat, huh?
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Postby Yupyop on Mon Dec 31, 2001 7:23 am

Thanks for the reply Greg. While you may not have a syndicate contract, your contact with people in the business makes you the expert among us here <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/smile.gif">.
I enjoy the quality of strips such as HOME FRIES. BTW Ron, I'm not ignoring PUBLIC EYES, but my WebTV compresses your strip so I am unable to read it.
I tend to judge a daily comic differently than one that appears less than six times a week. I look at strips such as HOME FRIES with the understanding they are at an early stage of development. While I judge strips such as GREYSTONE INN with the idea they are further along in development. I've long wondered if my prejudice was fair.
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Postby Ronski46 on Tue Jan 01, 2002 1:09 am

Yeah, Scott. You showed great restraint with the punch. That made it stronger. Sometimes the whisper is louder than the shout.<P>------------------
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Postby Scatman on Tue Jan 01, 2002 5:45 am

Thanks, Ronski. I tried not to oversell the punchline like we talked about earlier. Sometimes it's the line that's not delivered that makes an idea work.
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Postby Ronski46 on Tue Jan 01, 2002 12:43 pm

The "rear-end of the truck" strip is great, Scatman! Nice third-panel beat, then whammo!<P>Yupyop: Thanks. I posted a new thread about the WebTV thing.
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