James Sturm On How Hard It Is To Get a Cartoon Into The New Yorker

How hard is it to get a cartoon into The New Yorker? “Hard,” answers James Sturm, director of The Center for Cartoon Studies. Read his article over at Slate.

© James Sturm

From the article:

If making graphic novels felt like a staid long-term relationship, then doing gag comics is like playing the field. One day I could draw a fortuneteller; the next, an astronaut. I went from sultans to superheroes, robots to rabbits. I felt liberated. I refused to get bogged down or fuss over the drawings. I spent no more than an hour with any one cartoon, and many took far less time than that. For the first two weeks I was feeling my oats. I already had a half-dozen keepers and was confident there were plenty more winners on the way. It was at this point that I started dreaming of actually selling a cartoon to The New Yorker.

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