My career in the graphic arts world lasted about 40 years, during which time I was an art director doing graphic design and illustration, plus free-lancing as a cartoonist on weekends and evenings. Those years as a cartoonist were, and still are, the most meaningful period of my career.

I always believed that there were only 2 reasons a cartoonist works so long and hard on their drawings. The first was to see his work in print. The second is the money. But a few years ago I discovrered that there is a third and more important reason we cartoonists should take our work more seriously. It's the readers.

 
  A few years ago after retiring my graphic design busines, I started teachings classes at a local art college. On those days that I am not teaching, I drive a van for a hotel, shittling guests from the airport to the hotel and back again. On one of these trips I began talking to a gentleman and his wife. I asked where they were from and I was informed that they were from L.A. I told them I used to work for a company in L.A. and, when asked what company, I said Petersen Publishing. The gentleman said that he knew of Petersen, and he asked what I did for them. I said I drew cartoons for several of their magazines. He asked my name, and I simply said, "Fred" (now you must understand that it has been 25 years since I had drawn any cartoons). This gentlemen leans forward and says, "You're not Fred Boatman are you?" He told me that when he was a kid he loved my work. So here is where I realized that there is that third reason we cartoonists work in the basement by a 60 watt bulb, hardly ever getting feedback on our scribblings. That 14 year span of time that I penned the works in my book, "CARTOONS ON WHEELS" was exciting, happy, frustrating and lonely. Cartoonists work alone and it takes a special kind of person to keep from cracking, although some think we already have.

You can visit my BOOK page for more information on "CARTOONS ON WHELLS". If you would like to drop me a line, Feel free to contact me anytime.

 
   
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