Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan on May 7, 1911 · Page 87
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Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan · Page 87

Detroit, Michigan
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Sunday, May 7, 1911
Page 87
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ILLUSTRATED SUNDAY MAGAZIME. "ii mis. T!n- WHY IS A COMIC ARTIST? 1IY is it comic artist? Well with me it wits a plain case of Inheritance, r,i.r my grandfather's cousin was a sign painter. Mother ilrst realized the awful truth that I had a taste for art when, at the early-age of six I licked ail the paint nil" a hall" finished water color. lOv n .jiien she not i' :j nio off to Paris, Jtn the School '.if TtoO'arts, or the Pere hi Chaise, or whatever the mime of that place is win re they t u i- n o u t the great artists. Instead, she put a mustard p 1 a s t r on my tun. my and sent Hie to bed. Not until :-v-ral years later did fresh symptoms of the :,rt malady hein - slmu-up in me. After a four years' com se in : the l.'niversity of Nebraska I grew too work. That .showed that tiie art hook-' I l" t,'iui on my system. I persistently refused to get my hair eat d sinn! And finally, when I adopted the i-'ra r.lheitus (or ()Jd -41 other Hubbard) i". torgot to shave, comb my hair and shoes, the evideliee was complete; Kate d I was to he an arli.-t. ok a few weeks' hysons from Citrtoon. and sunt oft' a hunch of rot l.i the From that day to this my collection slips has Increased hy haps aiul y . A CARIOomM Arts and :h. rhiiadelpliia Academy of l'ine it Institute of Mrooklyu both tried to Iteinhrundt nut of me, but some-Siiln't take. ITnder their inttaenee I did .i serious work of art. When the critics (hey .said I must have been under the of but we'll let that pass. They wer 'illS. subject of this masterpiece was the in irncl.. Tom's 'uhln, "Kli.a i 'rossin-Say, boy.s! that pi. -lure was a wonder! n could hear the hounds bark, and even odd, the iee was so realistic. I sent it off i tile hit money magazines, suggesting it t!-T double page. Then I spent the money get fr it. and when I came to 1 was i letter from the editor. Ibre't the very is is what he wrote: Kdlb.r of Wankety-Itlank regrets he make use of jour comic contribution, it ui Crossing the Delaware," etc. etc." i the truth r-ame home to me that I was t'U- a comic artist. A new ambition seized lie hack of the neck ami yanked me up Philadelphia editor. Ah. the wisdom of r! He. would have made Solomon look ndergarten pupil. did he really know I was a carlo.. nlstV I i! wandered. There was no evidence of Xke Confessions of a Cartoonist By HY GAGE, of PHILADELPHIA Illustrated by the Authors Own Cartoons muuUl"' the fact in tho sample draw-inns I s u h m i t tod to him. Ho said so. It must have been his intuitive powers of perception. Hither that or he had just d i n e d w- e 1 1, a n d w a s f e e I j n g philanthropic. Anyway, he save me a job, what I would he. A so much per mould. liver draw a cartoon? Probably not. Well just keep your seat a few minutes until I step out and have this stuff copyrighted (so the "Loarn-to-bo-a - cartoonist -by -mail -in-lift t-en-minutes" c o r r o s-1 i.mdence art schools can't appropriate my sys-tem) and I'll confess the inside facts of the same. You are supposed to Ret down to the oMice about nine A. M. If the boss is due at one P. M. it is advisable for you to arrive not lat-r than 1J. .".". This just Hives you time to yank off your cat anil collar, muss up your hair, smear ink on your nose, light a cigarette joss stick to liilliUen (the Krai of car- 'lonist! A of public i, that opinion the They have no friends in your family or paper that you know of. So you walk into the august presence of tho editor with an idea for the day's cartoon. You will pound to a jelly the would-be grabbers of Alaska's coal pile. If the idea is timely, the editor quickly runs through the same nu-nial process that you did, decided that he has no embarrassing relationship or financial connection with that particular trust, and tells you to retire into the soul calm and gel busy. A dozen different methods for "doping out" the picture present themselves, but von carefully eliminate all but the simplest. 1... ihe for : mists) a n d di busy, before boss sends If you can niako a pair of hands do in place of d r a w i n g tho whole f i g ii r o, A ixl it n. w !s high time yon w- e r e thinking about your idea for a c a r t o o n. Perhaps t i m es a re dull a u d news is scarce, and your paper lias heea hammering the loc.'.l political gang so loin,' that the public is wearied. It's up to you to e h a n g o y o u r tune. While walking up to the boss' s a n c. t u in you c o n c I u d e y.ui will have to fall back on the Trusts for a subject for the day. Iear old Trusts; W h a t would the j r jaded cartoonist do without youV Wh-n there Is nothing else doing, the life out of you to his heart": is no harm done. The trust gets : advertising, the dear public say stuff! Hit Mm again!" and Mentally you skip u i n A Moulder of Public Opinion at so Much Per Mould bfggE ilterai Mr.. Rtimrmif;. the Bargain Fiend." Who Buys Anything That She Thinks is a Bartfa-'n he can hammer content. There little more free Ah! That's the verything is lovely. hurriedly over the list of trusts in which your father-in-law and your rich relatives hold stock. These are allowed to escape unharmed. Then you recall those that are owned by your friends. For them the "Hands ff" sign is up. Next y.ui exonerate all the trusts in which you hold stock on your own account (hearty laughter! Now let's s,.,. we'll try the brass wile Trust. No, that won't i o. Y o u r sheet buys; its pins from them. II o w about th I' e a n u t Trust V No. Your wife's s i s t e r-in-law's hus-h a u d i s president of that. II o w about the u fi K n-h e i in s ? T h c y'ro K f t t i n K pretty busy up there in Alaska. They'll da out a few preliminary s. 'raw Is a lemon squeezer, and label thorn- hand srab him by the thr- ha e k to t ha t pool fi-a m e ho much the quicker. So ynu decide to let a biff pair of hands r e p r e sent tho xrasptnff Orab-enheiniers. Then comes the '( o ni m o n People." II o w would the overworked, underfed moulder of opinion survive without his old friend, t h e " 'oniinon People 7" Next y o u decide just how you will have tie- bik' hands Squeeze the Alaska in I u e r a I wealth out of the H.r, abu.-e. ' 1 '.Ulllllxll Pill- pl " V'.o tk. t. h ; Ml the e l !m lit ! ni' 'ii ) 1 1 ' .ivc al. whil. lb. -t'ler bic b ! I 111 his vlmht.- oi which o ,tl Iirids picks his pocket or better still, h.. hand snatch the po.. ruthlessly and ftarle of him, and incidenta My will label appropriate . "Alaska ' 'o.i "Mineral KiKhts." "Water Pow. r KUM." etc. The ether hand rakes in the I die. as usual, and your idea is ompi. te -almost. You mu.M not fortlel to have 'impress -tla man 1-iokimc on this cheerful scene, a nd injoyiiu; the joke, without liftitiff a hand to interfere. As to the actuat drawing, that is a in. -re detail! Any with fifteen or twenty years of hard study ami constant practice can block the tiling in with a pencil, anil slap on the lines with pen and ink! It's so easy it's a shamu to take real money for it! t'artoonists oimht to bo paid in stutfo money, and Confederate bills. There's nothing to it except to put the lines exactly in the ritfht place! I divulK- this secret with fear and trembling, for I know when it is made public that the country will be overrun with a swarm of cartoonists that will make the plaffue of locusts in Rtfypt loso its place in history! And then where would I bo? I miirht have to ffet a real job and soil my lily-white hands with actual work ! And now ernes the saddest part of this mournful confession of a repentant sinner Pause, 0 reader, for you are about to embark on a voyage into the depths of degradation, with a lost soul! It Is hard to write these things about one's self, but having once put my hand to tho plow, 1 refuse to heave the ship to and ko back to tho iiarage! If, by these awful revelations, I can keep some brother artist from plunging into the abyss of the Comic Supplement, this story will not be in vain (and it may leave more of the business to me.) As I look back on it all T can scarce

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