A pencil that pretty much describes the effect he has on folks. And now you can take his craziness everywhere with you in mobile format. Ain't technology grand? visit his page at /dan-collins.html
You can get Trosley's book How To Draw Cartoon Cars in two formats. One for print and one for mobile. Now you never have to be without the Troz's expert advice on how to create the ultimate hot rod on paper.
If you like those furry, aloof shedders of hair (and who doesn't) you'll probably love Rick Stromoski's book on that same topic. Cat cartoons have been a staple of the cartoon book genre ever since Mr. Kliban's phenomenal felines took the world by storm. Rick continues the weather pattern with his take on the dark side of Mr. Whiskers. Available now from Fun-E-Books and all the top e-book sellers!
My first ebook has been lounging around this weekend in the top 20 cartoon ebooks on Kindle. I had an ad come out in a national magazine so that could be the reason. It had slipped out of that and been dancing around the top 50-60 for awhile so I am glad to be back in the top spots again. Book two is no. 35 today. It always seems to come in behind book one for some reason. Book two is made a lot better with text styling and stuff like that so it always surprises me that book one is usually ahead of it. Book three is about ready to layout if I can catch a break with other projects. It is a blessing to be so busy in today's world of cartooning.
Coming in October is the two year anniversary of my first published e-book. After losing my staff position at a popular American men's magazine (I won't mention them except to say, think First Amendment) a new direction was needed in my career; in fact as many new directions as I could manage! It's amazing the panic that sets in when you lose a steady source of income you've depended on for over 30 years and have basically not much to fall back on. The sad state of cartooning in today's print world wasn't giving me much comfort either. I did have all my cartoons and the rights to do with them what I wished but I needed a venue to utilize them and print books weren't much of an option, not to mention that a publisher would take the lion share of the monies.
I did have a cover done way back in the mid 1980's I imagined would be used for a collection book of my cartoons someday which it never did sadly but may yet be thanks to POD. So I took the forward looking advice of a friend, learned how to produce an e-book and finally realized my dream of becoming a self-published author. Thank the fates for epub becoming a viable format at just the right time in history for all of us struggling cartoon creators.
Within a few e-weeks Cartoons That Will Send Me Straight To Hell vaulted into the top 100 selling cartoon ebooks on Amazon and iTunes! It regularly haunts the top 20 with it's sequel More Cartoons...etc right behind. I had found my new career.
I love making e-books. It is hard, no question there; coding has never been something I had much knowledge about or any aptitude for. But what I did have was a strong desire to be a publisher of my own cartoon books and a significant financial motivation. The two combined along with Lynda.com training classes made it all possible and here I am now with a newly formed company to do more of my own e-books as well as those of other cartoonists.
These are exciting times in publishing. We don't need big publishing houses with their lengthy contracts and their small advances which many times comprise the total amount we see from those houses for our efforts while they keep the rest. If we create a huge success in the e-world the publishers now come to us asking to put them in print. A nice reversal of fortunes. That's the way it should be in an author's mind. We created these entities from our talents and sweat equity so why should they make the most from them? The system has been backward forever but finally there is a light on the horizon for the artist.
I have more e-books planned: some of mine and some for the many friends I have made in this crazy business of cartooning. They are starting to look to me to get their dreams of publishing made real. I seem to be gaining a reputation as a publisher, a guerilla publisher if you would. It's kind of cool and now I don't feel the panic as much being a totally self-employed artist. It is still a bit scary but I've found as long as you have hope and a desire to be something and work hard to achieve it you can still find your own American Publishing Dream.
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