Monthly Archives: March 2017

Mar 25, 2017 The New Yorker Blahs

If memory serves me correct, this is the fifth time I’ve submitted cartoons to The New Yorker Magazine.

The first two times, I submitted photocopies by mail in a self-addressed stamped envelope, and received my rejection notices on little yellow post it notes attached to the returned cartoons. I don’t recall the exact wording, but it went something like: Thanks, but no thanks.

The third time, I submitted in person while visiting New York. I signed in at the front desk, got a badge, and waited for my turn with a bunch of other cartoonists, mostly men who seemed to be having a wonderful time catching up with their buddies. We were called in, one at a time, to show Bob Mankoff what we brought. He said my cartoons were good, but ill suited for the New Yorker. I was disappointed, but it was a fun experience. After everyone was done, a bunch of us went for lunch. If I was more forward, I would’ve asked everyone’s name. I’m sure I was surrounded by cartoonist rock stars. This was before I had a smart phone, so I couldn’t discretely Google image search everyone.

I tried a few years later, again by mail. I think this time they used a full piece of paper for the rejection.

This last time, they asked that we upload our submissions, and this is the email I got back.

Maybe if I submitted more than 5 times in the past 18 years, I’d have more success.

Or maybe the sixth time is the charm.

I don’t know.

I guess we’ll see in a few years when the itch to submit calls to be scratched.

Mar 21, 2017 Speaking at the Maker Conference

I was invited to speak at the Maker Conference, because I make stuff from my cartoons. Cards, prints, magnets, books.

I’ve been doing this for a long time. I’ve had sales representatives and distributors. I don’t anymore. I haven’t figured out how to run an active product based business and still have time to create.

Maybe one day I will, and for the time being, I’m happy to sell directly at shows, and license my cartoons to companies that know how to run an active product based business.

It’s good that there are many different ways to make a living as a maker!