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Q: Political and Gag cartoons ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Political and Gag cartoons
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Comics and Animation
Asked by: rob642-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 18 Feb 2004 19:27 PST
Expires: 19 Mar 2004 19:27 PST
Question ID: 308203
How much do cartoonists get paid when they appear in newspapers and
magazines per cartoon?
Subject: Re: Political and Gag cartoons
Answered By: darrel-ga on 24 Feb 2004 11:03 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello Rob642--

I have carefully researched your question and have your answer.

The amount cartoonists are paid for their work varies greatly,
depending on in which newspaper(s) and magazine(s) their work appears,
the circulation of those publications, the popularity of their
cartoons, and the particular cartoonists market value.

Syndicated, experienced cartoonists who work for the large papers such
as the Washington Post and L.A. Times, earn about $100,000 or more

I then consulted the book "Writer's Market" published by Writer's
Digest Books and edited by Kirsten C. Holm. You may visit this book's
corresponding web site online. The link is

This book on pages 61 through 73 offer suggested prices writers,
editors, cartoonists, authors, and the like should sell their work
for. These prices are considered fair market value.

The breakdown suggested by Writer's Market for works such as cartoons
is as follows:

Magazines & Trade Journals

Low-circulation Publications: $25
Mid-range circulation Publictions: $200
High-end circulation Publications: $2,500


Low-circulation Publications for local cartoons: $40 per cartoon
Mid-range circulation Publications for local cartoons: $125 per cartoon
High-end circulation Publications for local cartoons: $300 per cartoon

Newspaper and Magazine Cartoons, self-promoted

$5-10 each for weeklies
$10-25 per week for dailies

These are all based on circulation. It's also important to note that
this publication says typical fees for cartoonists who are employed by
publications have different arrangements than these and are often on
an hourly bases based on the above rates.

If you need any clarification or additional information, please don't
hesitate to click the "clarify" button.



Request for Answer Clarification by rob642-ga on 01 Mar 2004 09:18 PST
I'm interested in learning how to submit cartoons (political and gag).
Do you have any info on that, maybe I could ask in a different

Clarification of Answer by darrel-ga on 01 Mar 2004 10:14 PST
You may wish to ask it in a different question... or I could answer it
here for a tip, as I have experience in submitting content to

Request for Answer Clarification by rob642-ga on 01 Mar 2004 11:09 PST
I posted another question--regarding submitting etc...can yI can't
figure out how to solicit you to answer it so if you could look for it
please. I'll keep trying to see if I can solicit you on the site

Clarification of Answer by darrel-ga on 01 Mar 2004 11:11 PST
Sounds good. I'll look for it.
rob642-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Thanks. I've posted another question, hope you can get me some info.

Subject: Re: Political and Gag cartoons
From: emjay-ga on 24 Feb 2004 09:50 PST
Hi rob642,

I was unable to find any hard and fast pay rates for political/gag
cartoons; these seem to vary widely depending on the freelancer's
asking price and publication size. However, cartoonist Ted Rall, in a
1997 interview, mentions being paid $10 per cartoon by the Washington
Post, half of which goes to his syndicate

Subject: Re: Political and Gag cartoons
From: rob642-ga on 24 Feb 2004 10:45 PST
This interview was very informative, thank you. Please feel free to
invoice me. Can you find similar stuff? I'm also interested in the
whole submission process for independent/freelance political/gag
cartoonists. How does one submit to The New Yorker or even to a

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