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Tuesday, September 12, 2006


How to talk to a cartoonist

Whoops! Late again. Where does the time go? At least the cartoon was posted on time.

Speaking of cartoons, every so often, I get a letter like this:

I think cartoons are cool. Could you send me something? Thanks!

Sometimes they embelish it, saying that they need it for a homework assignment (yes, like I'd be happy to finish a complete stranger's homework for them) or some attempt to get the most free stuff from anonymous sources. But where is the incentive for me? Here's a better example:

Dear Kyle,

Last Monday's cartoon was a hoot! Could you tell me how a faithful fan like myself could improve your financial situation? Do you have a book I might buy or will you just accept paypal contributions on your website?

Notice how they took the time to learn my name? And notice the use of (reasonable) financial rewards to lure a response out of me? (BTW, the answer to both of the questions in the above example is yes! They make great gifts!)

Hey, it's not like I'm a mercenary here, but honestly, just because I draw things doesn't mean I've got the bandwidth to drop everything and send a bunch a stuff out to every mass mailing I get. On the other hand, questions that will help expand the reach of my cartoon empire will most likely get a swift and courteous response.

And knowing is half the battle.
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