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Cartoon Success Secrets: A Tribute to 30 Years of Cartoonist Profiles Hardcover – May 1 2004

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; 1 edition (May 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740738097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740738098
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 21.9 x 27.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,579,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Good overview, but Jud Hurd everywhere Sept. 20 2004
By Mario Herger - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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
By Paco Calderón - Published on
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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
Good survey book Oct. 18 2008
By Graphic Reader - Published on
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The profiles are not especially deep but they cover lots of artists, including some seldom reviewed elsewhere.