Information for Gagwriters

by T- McCracken

Like a cartoon on this web site, but wish the caption, characters, or settings were different? No problem. I can modify it for you. Have cartoon ideas of your own? I can draw those up too.

Poetry Cartoon 7705The ONLY unsolicited gags I look at are caption changes to cartoons on my web site. If I like your gag, post it and someone ever buys it, I’ll send you the usual cartoonist/gag-writer split (75%/25%).

I encourage all gag writers to draw up their gags and submit them on their own to magazines.

In this humble cartoonist's opinion, if you have really good ideas, it really doesn't matter how well you draw.

In college I took a two credit art course and flunked it. My professor said all of my proportions were off--you might notice that my characters' noses are drawn in direct proportion to my characters' feet. "Picasso's proportions were off," I said to my professor "You're not Picasso," he replied. So? I bet more of my work currently appears on refrigerator doors, than his.

One of the most successful cartoonists in Oregon, my home state, was John Callahan, a quadriplegic. His art work was awful and looked like it was drawn by a . . . . well, by a quadriplegic. However, his ideas were good and his work appeared in most major magazines. His autobiography, Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, is a must read for anyone interested in cartooning.

I rarely use gag writers.

For one thing, I don't draw anything on spec. Everything I draw is commissioned. For another, the hardest part of cartooning for me is not coming up with ideas, but finding new markets.

My bread and butter are trade journals where I tailor my work to their specific audiences. I send them gag ideas, they pick which ones they like and draw those, and only those. That's because a cartoon tailored for a magazine whose readers are all anemic agriculturalists or zany zoologists isn't likely to be marketable to any other publication.

If after all this, you'd prefer I draw up your stuff, Here's my current deal with gag writers: If you want to approach magazines on your own--magazines I don't currently draw for--convince an editor to buy a cartoon based on one of your gags, I'll draw it up, and you, the gag writer keeps 50% of whatever the magazine pays, and you send me the other 50%. To see a sample of my drawing style, you can direct editors to my web site,

If you'd prefer to send cartoons, instead of gags to editors, well, like I said, I don't draw anything on spec. For $25 (my usual minimum fee is $150 for a black and white 'toon) I'd be willing to draw up any gags you want to try and market. When and if you sell the cartoon, you can deduct the $25 from my share.

No matter what, best of luck with your writing!

Cartoons from a Warped Mind

Cartoons From a Slightly Warped Mind

Now available as an eBook for $2.99 and as an autographed paperback for $7.50.

It's a collection of 100 of my most popular cartoons, including Lemming Suicide Hotline, Dorothy selling the Tin Man to a recycling center, and Druids changing to Daylight Saving Time.

Holy Rollers

Holy Rollers: Murder and Madness in Oregon's Love Cult

Now available as an eBook with lots of extras for a measly $3.99! *** iTunes It's my first book of literary nonfiction published by Caxton Press. It's a story that has everything a good read should have: sex, religious fervor, mass insanity, the downfall of prominent families, murder & sensational court trials. AND it's all true. To learn more about cults and the book, go to Holy Rollers

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Magazines I've drawn for?

New Yorker CoverThe New Yorker, of course ... although they've yet to have the good sense to buy any of my work. Hundreds of others have, from the Saturday Evening Post to The Oregonian to large publishing houses to small trade journals. Let me draw a few cartoons for you. No matter what, I hope you get a few laughs as you go through my site.

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Use Cartoons in Presentations.

Public Speakers, even when speaking on serious topics, break the ice with a joke. Cartoons do the same thing--and you can't "tell a cartoon wrong.

Use Cartoons in Textbooks, Advertisements, Brochures, Web Sites & Blogs.

Cartoons & humorous illustrations grab people's attention and therefore increase your chances to convey your message.

Use Cartoons on T-shirts.

Events can't be called true events unless they have official T-shirts, and t-shirts with personalized cartoons on them are the T-shirts preferred by 9 out of 10 people stranded on a desert island.

Personalized Cartoons: An illustration of anyone can be Photoshopped into any cartoon on the web site. This is a great CHEAP gift.

The perfect "gift from the gang" at retirement or going away parties is an original cartoon of the guest of honor.


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Many assume images found on the web can be used for free and are in the public domain. Many are not. I've spent years drawing these cartoons and I support my family selling them online so please contact me before using any. THANKS! Theresa (T-) McCracken, Humble & Financially Strapped Cartoonist

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If you wouldn't steal a newspaper from a blind vendor just because you could get away with it, please don't use a cartoon without permission just because you think you can get away with it. If you would steal a newspaper from a blind vendor, well, I hope you die laughing before you have a chance to steal my work.

The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of a copyrighted work is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement, including infringement without monetary gain, is investigated by the FBI and is punishable by fines and federal imprisonment.

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