How To Come Up With Funny Cartoon Ideas
One challenge for cartoonists is coming up with good, salable ideas. On this page I am going to offer some suggestions.
Years ago, Cartoonists' Exchange, a correspondence course for cartoonists, had a device they called a Laugh Finder. I have created an online gag writing tool, which roughly follows their example. This gagwriting tool is helpful in trying to stimulate your imagination and I invite you to try it.
I am a cartoonist and write most of my own gags. I find I am able to slant ideas to almost any topic, which has aided me in selling a lot of my cartoons. I can actually write gags faster than I can find time to draw them (I draw slow), so I sometimes do gagwriting for other cartoonists. I am open to working with cartoonists in this respect, subject to the following conditions:
- 1. The cartoonist must be professional, able to draw well and have credits with publications where he has sold before. I can't offer my gags to beginners simply because the odds of selling are less. Beginners are better off working with their own gags until they refine their skills.
- 2. Cartoonists must agree to provide me with a copy of the cartoon they have drawn within 3 months of when they accept the gag. Cartoonists may be requested to revise the drawing if I feel it doesn't adequately convey the idea and I will make specific suggestions as to how they can do this.
- 3. If the cartoonist sells the cartoon, they will pay me 25% of the sale. I will also have the right to post these cartoons on my website and try to sell them. If I make the sale, we will split 50-50. The cartoonist will have the first right to approach magazines with the cartoons, and my attempts to sell it will be primarily from posting it on my websites. Most cartoons will appear on the Toon Outlet website.
Cartoonists wishing to work with me in this respect should contact me by email, giving me details about their sales and experience.
Shown below are two videos I produced which provide some common formulas for gagwriting. I hope cartoonists will find these helpful.