1. Am I a Cartoonist Yet?

On December 7, 2017, I was notified by the digital comics vendor, comiXology, that my submission of a 106-page full-color comic had been accepted.

Does that mean I’m a professional cartoonist?

The comic isn’t even available on the comiXology site yet. I understand that it will take as much as two months before anyone can buy it. The comiXology site has thousands of titles, including books with all those superheroes who sometimes seem to be taking over the movies: Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, the superhero gang called the Avengers, etc., etc. etc.

There’s lots of other, less well-known comics too –for kids, graphic novels, memoirs, and much, much more.

By March, my comic will be one more pebble on the comiXology beach, but at least it will be ON the beach!

I’ve been drawing cartoons since I first produce a reasonable facsimile of Mickey Mouse’s head at the age of six. But my brief stint as a free-lance cartoonist in the mid-eighties was a flop. Since then I’ve put cartooning on the back burner, working a variety of jobs that paid a dependable salary. My last job was working as a librarian at a nonprofit, the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging. After 20 years at PCA, I retired last summer. Suddenly, I had the time to do comics!

So…can an old geezer cartoonist have a creative and fulfilling life as a newbie comics pro?

I intend to find out.

When Did I Become a Cartoon

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