The 21st century cartoonist
How was the life of the cartoonists in the eighteenth century? And in the nineteenth? And in the early days of the twentieth? I imagine the cartoonist at work in a newspaper office or at home, on a drawing board, bent over the paper, with the nib or brush in hand.
Someone takes a picture, the cartoonist smiles or continues undaunted to draw. The reader will see his comic strip or his cartoon published in the newspaper. The reader will then await for the release of the newspaper to read his favorite strip.
Then, there is only silence. The silence that marks the wait until the day when new comic strips and new cartoons will be published.
The cartoonist of today
With the modern era, perhaps the charm of expectation, of the unknown that surrounded the (private) life of the cartoonist, has been lost. Something was stuck in the interviews, but nothing more.
Today, with sites and personal blogs and social networks, we are advantaged: we can learn more about our favorite cartoonist and comic artist, we can know what he’s working on, see his online drafts and his portfolio.
Someone still resists: I looked for some cartoonists on Google and I’ve found a few tracks on some site.
For me, however, the need to have my own site and show my cartoons was born immediately. Thanks to the site I had several collaborations, as for “Gente Motori”, for example.
In my opinion, the 21st century cartoonists must have a site. Indeed I believe that they must also have a blog. It’s not necessary to publish every day. Here I publish an article a week, enough to keep the site alive and update it with new cartoons.
And what about the social media?
I’m a bit enemy of social media. I deleted my account on Facebook in 2013. On Twitter I don’t write anymore. I prefer Instagram, even if less than once.
My online official presence remains and will always remain this site.