Cartoon Success Secrets: A Tribute to 30 Years of Cartoonist Profiles Hardcover – May 1 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
This hefty tome is a both a collection of Hurd's profiles of cartoonists and an insider's memoir of meeting and interviewing one's heroes. The first half charts Hurd's own life, from a 12-year-old fan worshiping the Sunday funnies to the beginning of his career in comics in the 1920s. Working first in animation and then on his own syndicated comic, Hurd developed a long career in the industry, eventually beginning the magazine Cartoonist Profiles, which he continues to this day. Fittingly, the first half of this work is taken up with reminiscences of cartooning greats like Rube Goldberg, E.C. Segar and even Walt Disney. These warm, casual memories are a delight, providing an oral history of these legendary figures accompanied by snapshots and ephemera. The book's second half moves into the present, with interviews and articles taken from Cartoonist Profiles. While not quite revealing "success secrets," these interviews do provide well-rounded portraits of professional cartoonists. Hurd writes from within the industry and with real affection, making this first collection of his magazine a compelling portrait of the comic strip industry past and present.
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About the Author
Author Jud Hurd may tell friends that he's been "in the cartooning business since year one," but it only seems like it. The venerable cartooning editor actually began in 1925. In 1969, he founded CARTOONIST PROfiles, which has been providing an insider's perspective on the cartooning industry ever since. Today, he lives with his wife in Connecticut
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Unfortunately, while this is quite interesting and gives a condensed overview, there are some things that I did not like that much:
- Jud Hurd, Jud Hurd and Jud Hurd everywhere. The author seems to be very proud of his life and contacts, and appears on virtually all the pictures (I exaggerate) and prints all "thank you" letters from famous people that he ever got. You get the feeling it's more a book about him than anybody else.
- quite some typos in the book
- and several strips are printed twice in the book (even on the same page). Better editing would have been nice.
Overall, I really recommend the book, but be aware to filter mentally Jud Hurd's ever-presence to a reasonable level. That's why I give it 4 stars.
As for the author, well... it's HIS book; I mean, he can put all the stuff he thinks fitting. If it's all about himself, bear in mind cartooning is not something you learn from theory but from experience. He's the best reference he's got! One look at his work, though, and you know he may talk the talk but didn't walk the walk successfulwise, as his title so vaunts. But even from obscurity you can learn a thing or two about the life of a cartoonist.
So, if you're not one, this book will result boring and presumptuous. If, however, you're into the trade I completely recommend it.