Ways to make money from cartoons

Ones that come to mind. 1. Have a regular cartoon in a publication. 2. Submit cartoons to publications in the hope that they will buy/publish them. 3. Be commissioned by individuals, companies, publications, book publishers, etc. 4. Post cartoons on the internet and sell merchandise. 5. Post cartoons on the internet and find sponsorship. I…

Ones that come to mind.

1. Have a regular cartoon in a publication.
2. Submit cartoons to publications in the hope that they will buy/publish them.
3. Be commissioned by individuals, companies, publications, book publishers, etc.
4. Post cartoons on the internet and sell merchandise.
5. Post cartoons on the internet and find sponsorship.

I am sure that this is not an exhaustive list.

I have tried to do no 1, mainly. I have never really done very much of no 2, though a lot of cartoonists do. I have done no 3, but am not usually very good at it. I probably shouldn’t say that, but, well, there you go. I have never succeeded with number 4 because I am not good enough at the technical aspects and so give up. I like the idea of no 5. I don’t really know anyone who does it, but I don’t see why it shouldn’t be possible as that is the way a lot of websites fund themselves.

How about you? (If you’re a cartoonist, but I’m sure wisdom can be gained from other disciplines.)

Ideas, thoughts and suggestions welcomed. I am particularly thinking about the best way to fund cyclingcartoons.com. Yes, I know, I should have worked that out by now.

3 Comments

  1. Have you tried something which falls between 4 and 5, Post cartoons on the Internet with advertising? Try Google AdSense, or you might do better by selling space direct to your contacts. You will need a lot of visitors to get a significant income, but you might make enough to be worth your while to do this.

  2. After some thought, the best I came up with is cartoon graffiti on church walls to raise profile…

    Hope some useful ideas come. All the best.

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