Friday, June 25, 2010

He met such people...

What a plush job! Sit around the office; look at funny drawings sent to you. Pick a few out to be published in a large national magazine. It's only 9:30 a.m., so take it easy until you go home at 5:00. Sounds like a great gig.

Gurney Williams, who was cartoon editor for the very big national magazine, COLLIERS, in its heyday, has a different take. This is chapter one from his 1946 book, I MEET SUCH PEOPLE, richly illustrated by some of the top cartoonists of the day...and for a long time to come, as it turned out. The ability to draw gag cartoons that are consistently funny and appeal to readers, not to mention the editor, is a rare talent. There have always been many more aspiring cartoonists than selling cartoonists.

Copyright © 1946 Gurney Williams


  1. I have at least one family member such that I very much wish that he'd read this essay, oh, about 40 years ago. (He did later make his mark, but certainly not in the field of gag cartoons.)


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