Jack Corbett, a successful national gag cartoonist and a
 resident of Salem, Oregon speaks about gag cartooning.
 Jack identifies six ingredients necessary for becoming a
 fulltime, professional gag cartoonist.
 The first, and most important ingredient is having what's
 known as a "gag sense". A gag is a funny idea. A gag car-
 toonist must be able to either write strong gags or recog-
 nize a stronger gag from a weaker one. If you're not
 confident about your gag writing ability, you can always
 buy gags from professional gag writers; however, you
 must be able to identify which gags are worth buying.
 The second, and in the long-run probably just as
 important as the first, is perserverance. Hanging in there.
 Plugging away. Not giving up. It's what Woody Allen
 refers to as "just showing up". You must be willing to
 accept rejection as part of the gag cartoonist's territory.
 Everybody gets rejected at one time or another. But you
 you must never be willing to stop drawing cartoons because of rejection. The third most important
 ingredient is marketing. You need to generate new markets for your cartoons. Constantly. Subscribe to
 trade journals that identify magazines, newspapers and other markets which consider cartoons as part
 of their format. Refer to the latest edition of Artist's Market. Do some research. And keep your name
 out there. You should present or submit your work often and at your highest level of professionalism.
 Gag cartooning is, afterall, a business, not unlike many other businesses.
 Jack identified style as the fourth ingredient. Try to develop your own style - the kind of gags you write
 and the way you draw them. The fifth ingredient is the ability to live a free-lance way of life. Sometimes
 it's feast or sometimes it's famine. It's an irregular income. It's not knowing whether this week you'll
 make $1,000 or $10. For the most part, it's working alone, in the privacy of your studio and with your
 imagination. It's a lifestyle that certainly has it's advantages but which also extracts a price - Emotional
 as well as financial, personal as well as social.
 The least important ingredient is artistic ability. You don't have to be Michelangelo to be a gag cartoon-
 ist. You have to understand basic art principles and techniques, perhaps, but you don't have to draw
 like a master.And, in gag cartooning, simplicity is frequently best. The more you draw, the better you
 get. You should never let your current level of artistic ability discourage you from cartooning. If you
 stick with it (ingredientnumber2: perserverance) eventually the drawing takes care of itself.
 In addition to identifying six ingredients, Jack also emphasizes a few other healthy habits: keeping to a
 daily routine (Jack indicates his early morning hours are his most creative), keeping your gags on 3X5
 inch note cards or slips (one gag or idea concept per card or slip), and drawing as often as possible.
 Doodle whenever you get the chance. Draw while watching television, listening to your favorite CD, but
 draw, draw, draw! Jack has been a professional cartoonist for over 30 years and he has sold over ten
 thousand cartoons, to hundreds of publishers including Boys' Life, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Good House-
 keeping, National Enquirer, National Review, Saturday Evening Post, Wall Street Journal and World Mon-
 itor magazines.
 
Cartoon 2008 by Jack Corbett - Reprinted with permission from the book: Hark! Who's That YooHooing In My Jungle?  The Consortium gratefully acknowledge
 and appreciates this contribution Jack
 shares with visitors here. Mr. Corbett
 has a vast wealth of marketing know-
 how in the gag cartooning business and
 has been around the field of cartooning
 for many years.
 We proudly display a sampling of Jack's
 cartoon work to the left, which is one of
 the cartoons from his anthology entitled
 Hark! Who's That Yoohooing In My
 Jungle? Which is available by ordering
 on Jack's website. The Consortium asks
 visitors to drop by his site and check out
 his work and if you are an editor looking
 for specific imagery for an article or a
 story, contact him. We strongly try to
 emphasize that no downloading of this
 cartoon be done unless authorized
 first, as copyright laws now exist that
 emphasizing illegal copying of images is
 an illegal act. Please contact the artist
 or owner of that respective work prior
 to using it in any way. Thank you for
 keeping this in mind.