Image: Segment of ‘Bicycle maintenance’ – complete cartoon from Cycling Cartoons.
I get a lot of messages from people asking whether they can have a poster of one of my cartoons. This is usually for a poster of one my cycling cartoons. This blog post is partly so that I have something to direct people to, and also I could do with advice on the subject.
At the moment I am not able to produce posters or to email people high resolution files so that they can produce their own. This is because I am currently only a cartoonist part time, and all of my cartooning time is taken up producing ideas and new material or doing essential admin tasks. Any task that involves posting anything or emailing image files isn’t something I have time for unfortunately. I am not able put high resolution versions of my work online, (apart from the CartoonChurch cartoons with their special licence scheme for churches) as sadly there are people who would take them and use them for their own purposes without permission. I know there are fans of Creative Commons who think I should do that anyway, but they are generally people who don’t rely on their artwork for their livings.
I have looked into print on demand sites (Spreadshirt and Zazzle being examples), and it might be that I could build a poster site with them. The main reason I don’t have a t-shirt site thus far, by the way, is minor technical problems with black and white images which I can’t resolve, and after spending days on it I gave up trying. Posters produced in this way would also be quite expensive, but people might not mind for a one-off gift.
Another option would be for me to licence them to someone else to produce posters. I’d need to meet the right person /company, and haven’t yet.
If anyone has any thought on print on demand sites, or can suggest another way I can do this, I would be very glad to hear from you. Please reply in the comments, or if you would like to contact me personally please use my contact form.