Monday, 23 December 2013

Busy 2013 for Hagen Cartoons

Well, 2013 is almost over, and it is time to reflect on the year to date. As some of you may know, I am not a full time cartoonist and rely on my busy but satisfying day job to feed the family (thank goodness for my day job!).

To date, I have drawn 316 cartoons in 2013, that's 0.866 cartoon per day, for those of you, like me, mathematically inclined... Not bad for a non-pro...

As for the newspaper industry, the prospect of my cartoons appearing again in newspapers is pretty grim, despite the efforts of my agent in Australia, Auspac Media. I am now in only two Saturday papers ("The West Australian", Perth, Australia and "The Port Moresby Courrier", Papua New Guinea), whis is better than nothing, but a bit disheartening.

Cartoonstock and Jantoo however have managed to sell a lot more of my cartoons this year, but unfortunately, this is still not enough to make up for the lost income of having lost a number of newspapers in 2011. On Cartoonstock or Jantoo, you can do an advanced search by artist and select "Hagen" to review my cartoons.

Very few sales on Zazzle or Redbubble this year, which is also quite disappointing...

In 2013, I've put together cartoon eBooks on with, it must be said, very limited success with only a few sales and a few "borrows" so far. As I am useless at advertising or promoting myself, I am not all that surprised, but it would have been nice to see more sales now that I have 19 eBooks for sale.

O well, let's see what 2014 has in stock for cartoonists...

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