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Cartoon Success Secrets: A Tribute to 30 Years of Cartoonist Profiles [Hardcover]

Jud Hurd

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Book Description

May 1 2004
Cartoon Success Secrets offers a veritable comics college education on how to succeed as a cartoonist. It features insider's perspectives from 20 top cartoonists, whose comic strips such as Zits, Garfield, Cathy, and For Better or For Worse appear in at least a thousand newspapers every day.

Author Jud Hurd caught the cartooning bug more than three quarters of a century ago, and at age 90 he's still not cured. Now, in Cartoon Success Secrets, the editor of the cartooning industry's leading insider magazine, CARTOONIST PROfiles, shares the colorful stories and sage advice of his cartoonist colleagues.

Through his personal encounters with virtually every cartoonist legend of the last four decades, Hurd amassed countless insights from the world's best cartoonists on how they rose to the top of their field. Now, for the first time ever, he shares his early conversations with such famous cartoonists as Walt Disney, Rube Goldberg, H. T. Webster, George McManus, Frederick Opper, and countless others who succeeded in selling their creations to major syndicates and attaining their cartooning aspirations. Their words will inspire all who have dreamed of becoming a famous cartoonist.

Many books have profiled cartooning legends, but never before has a book compiled detailed advice from these creators on how they achieved their success. Cartoon Success Secrets is sure to fascinate cartoon enthusiasts the world over, from fledgling cartoonists looking to break into the industry to fans of the funny pages wanting to know how their favorite artists made it big.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; 1 edition (May 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740738097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740738098
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 22.3 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,701,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview, but Jud Hurd everywhere Sept. 20 2004
By Mario Herger - Published on Amazon.com
The book is definitely interesting, if you want a collection of interviews with a lot of cartoonists from the past decades and to learn more about them, their life and success.

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GOLDEN NUGGETS, NUTS AND BOLTS, WARTS AND ALL. Nov. 4 2010
By Paco Calderón - Published on Amazon.com
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It seems the author has been around for quite some time -from the days of "Happy Hooligan" to nowadays "The Boondocks"- and he's met and interviewed almost every comic strip artist you've seen (although very important names are missing: Chester Gould, Al Capp, Bob Kane...). Most of them talk about trivial things, but here and there the professional cartoonist finds some good advice and time-proven wisdom from the old pros.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good survey book Oct. 18 2008
By Graphic Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The profiles are not especially deep but they cover lots of artists, including some seldom reviewed elsewhere.

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