A few years ago I got to the stage where I could have been a professional cartoonist, had I wanted to.
I didn’t want to, so I didn’t.
Being a pro condemns you to a reclusive life hunched over a drawing table. Sure, that would appeal to some people, but I’ve always prefered getting out more.
Hence all this advertising/marketing crap.
I like doing the cartoons for free. I like the control. I like being able to draw what the hell I want, when I want. If I have something to say, I say it. If I don’t, I shut the hell up and do other things.
The weblog audience is much smaller than the traditional publishing route, however the loyalty and enthusiasm of your audience is far more avid. The interaction between the ‘creator’ and the audience seems a lot more meaningful.
I’ve had the hit show on the TV. I’ve had the cult strip in the alternative papers. I’ve published my work in The Guardian (the actual paper, not just online). Yet not only do I enjoy the weblog far more, I think I end up making more money in the end. The cartoon-blogging format gets my name around. Makes it easier to find work. Makes it easier for people to take “Brand Hugh” seriously.
As I’m fond of saying, blogging is a great way to make things happen indirectly. I would never have got the Evo gig without gapingvoid. The CEO liked what he saw and sent me an e-mail. I sent one back. We started a conversation. We kept it going. One thing lead to another. Yes, it was that simple.
Besides the new job, my plan is to keep drawing the cartoons and trying to convince y’all to buy blogcards. And hopefully we should be getting new prints out soon. Anything beyond that is too exhausting to think about.