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However, all is not lost! The Internet comes to the rescue as aspiring cartoonists self-publish their works on the Internet, avoiding all issues of declining newspaper quality and editorial influence!
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Seriously, a lot of new cartoons are being publicised over the net. Some of these are quite good, and have attracted sufficiently-large followings that the creators can live off merchandise sales! (And when a decent “micropayment” system arrives, and it’s easy to pay, say 1c or 10c each day we view a comic, this market will explode.)
Check out Scott McCloud’s brilliant books of comics theory and exploration:[ul][li]Understanding Comics: the history and structure of comicsRedefining Comics: the future of comics[/ul]Both of these books are, appropriately, done as comics.[/li]
For drawing quality, check out (for example) The Sixth Seal by Teemu Makinen, Supermegatopia, and Sluggy Freelance.
It’s interesting to watch the drawing quality improve as time goes on and the strip’s creator learns. For inspiration, I use the works of Moebuis. There is far too little information about him on the net.
Some good links pages:[ul][li]The Belfry: Furry Comics OnlineKeenspotStu’s Comic Strip ConnectionMy own newly-started comics page[/ul][/li]And a couple of how-to resources:[ul][li]The How-to Guide to ComicsDarryl Cagle’s Professional Cartoonist’s IndexTRhe Cartoonist’s Fountain of Knowledge[/ul][/li]So, in the ultimate extremity, we can always get out there and make our own comics. Which I am now doing.