Bearman Cartoon: Print Cartoonists vs Web Cartoonists
I am a fan of cartoons. Given my chosen decision to do editorial and pop culture cartoons as my muse makes me love learning and knowing what is going on in the industry. Webcomic Planet and Webcomics.com are great sources for those starting out or trying to move forward with their webcartoons.
But to get overall industry information, one of the best sources that I visit often is the Daily Cartoonist.
But it seems there is plenty of animosity between traditional print and editorial cartoonists and webcartoonists. About every six months a pissing match between the two entails. And recently this post which now boasts almost 300 comments, shows the feud is alive and well.
Here is the cliff notes version. Print cartoonists lambast webcartoonists for “giving away product for free” thus cheapening it for all or not being able to make a living under a web based model. Webcartoonists in turn think print cartoonists are old and set in their ways and are only lashing out because newspapers are dying and they want someone to blame but themselves.
No matter what the medium I am both envious of and inspired by anyone who has the opportunity and skill to do what they love on a full time basis. Me on the other hand, have to go back to work tomorrow.