All the strips are searchable by keyword. Just type them in the search box on the top right of the home page. Don’t use commas between words.
Easy peasy. Contact Susi White at King Features Syndicate. The address is “kfsreprint at hearstsc dot com”
Send me a stamped, self-addressed envelope, with a card enclosed, to:
Hilary Price (c/o King Features Syndicate)
300 West 57th St. 15th Floor New York, NY
Write “AUTOGRAPH REQUEST” on the outside of the envelope you’re mailing. It might take a LONG LONG LONG time, but I will eventually send you the autograph. (So, say you’ll be moving in the next sixteen months, give me your NEW address.)
My aunt once told me that no single word in the English language rhymes with the word “orange.” I chose the title to show the singularity of the strip’s perspective, one that highlights the trials of my own life and that of my friends. I do not think these trials are traditionally represented on the comics page.
“Door hinge” is the closest rhyme, but I don’t think it quite makes the grade. By the way, nothing rhymes with “silver,” “purple” or “month.”
Postscript: After reading “Ask Marilyn” in Parade magazine, a million people wrote to tell me that the obscure biological term “sporange” rhymes with “orange.” I don’t care. However, a brilliant young Smith College student informed me that the word “sporange” was created by a man who incorrectly conjugated the Latin verb. The word he should have come up with was “sporangia.” So there.
Ccontact your local paper and tell the editor that you like Rhymes With Orange. Letting the editor know you like the strip will be a buffer every time someone calls up saying, “I just don’t get that Rhymes With Orange strip. Can’t you just print Garfield twice on the page?” E-mail or letters are most effective, but phone calls are nothing to sniff at. Thanks– it really really helps.
For aspiring cartoonists, here’s my advice. Start local. Think about the goings-on in your town or city and use them as strip material. Local editors eat stuff up that is relevant to their community. Try school papers, newsletters in your office, community bulletins.
Also, check out books like The Artist’s and Graphic Designer’s Market. They have addresses for venues and magazines to send your cartoons that you might never think to explore.
Of course, if you want, try The New Yorker right away. But know that they have their rejection slips on pads that they just peel off and stick in your S.A.S.E. They are a tough market.
If want to send your strips out to a syndicate, carefully read the guidelines on the King Features web page, www.kingfeatures.com. Each syndicate has it’s own guidelines, and I would be sure to follow the directions on their web sites carefully. You can learn the names of the syndicates by looking at the teeny writing in the corner of every strip on the comics page. Its usually reads:
© 2010, Hilary B. Price, distributed by Such-and-Such Syndicate, Inc.
For folks interested in the world of cartooning, I recommend going to the National Cartoonist Society website and poking around. Also, I recently did an interview for the U.S. government’s Occupational Index Quarterly, a career guide for teenagers. It answers lots of questions about the day-to-day stuff of the job.
Finally, the website The Daily Cartoonist gives you all the trade news.
First off, that makes you a beter spellar than me. I mean, “I,” a beter spellar than I. And most likely a better grammarian.
Second, here’s a little bit about the editorial process. When I draw a week’s worth of cartoon strips, I send them to my editor in Orlando. She reads each strip, and hopefully spots any spelling or grammatical crimes I have committed. If for some reason a misspelling sneaks by, and another person at the syndicate catches it later, a correction is sent out to all the newspapers. Some papers lay out their comics page weeks in advance, and when the correction comes in, they may add it to their page or it might be too late for them to change it. Some ignore it.
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If you’ve read this far down the FAQS page, the least I can do is tell you how I like to wile away my time when I should be working. Here are my recommendations…
Speed Bump by Dave Coverly
Jane’s World by Paige Braddock
Cul De Sac by Richard Thompson
Ann Telnaes editorial cartoons
Daryl Cagles’ Professional Cartoonists Index for a whole bunch of editorial cartoons
I should really put up more that this. I wile away a lot of time. Come back sometime soon and check. If there are none, bug me about it.
Maybe you’ve decided it’s time for a life coach. Despite the fact that we are no longer a pair, I still recommend my ex for the job: