Starting with the first strip of 2009, you can find any strip you want by typing in key words at The Cartoonist Group site. The strips on the home page now go all the way back to 1995! It’s not searchable by keywords yet, but I’ve got a summer intern on the case as you read this.
Say you have an old strip yellowing on your fridge that you want a spiffy color or black and white print of. To find it on the secret archive, you’ll want the date, month and year of the strip. On your old tattered copy, look for the numbers near my signature (that’s the date and month), then look for the year on the copyright blurb that usually is going up the side of the strip.
If you DON’T have the date, e-mail me with the most detailed description of the cartoon that you can muster. Looking though past years is not on the top of my “to do” list, so keep e-mailing me reminders. I’m serious– the squeaky wheel gets the grease.
If you want to show the old strip to a friend, you can either:
1. Send them the URL.
2. (For Mac users) While pressing the Control Key, click on the strip. A menu will come up and you can choose “Save image as” and save it as a “.jpg” file. You can then send it as an attachment.
3. (For Windows users) Hold your mouse over the strip and right click on the image. and save it as a “.jpg” file. You can then send it as an attachment.
You should be able to do this for any strip you see on the site.
You can do that here.
Easy peasy. If it is a recent strip, that is handled through The Cartoonist Group. If the strip was printed before 2009, contact Susi White at King Features Syndicate. The address is “kfsreprint at hearstsc dot com”
Then it is time to go to the Store.
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.)
As far as pictures go, you’re out of luck. I have not reached that level of fame and wealth to give out head shots. If you want to download the photo on the Web site, you can send that to me and I will sign it.
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.
The very best way for this to happen is to contact your local paper and tell the editor what you like and don’t like on the comics page. I think Rhymes With Orange appeals to a small niche of witty, intelligent and incredibly good-looking people. (As you know, not everyone falls into this category, so not everyone is going to get, or like, the strip.) To newspaper editors, I write one of those “edgy” strips. 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.
My personal beef is that there is limited space on the comics page, and a lot of it is filled by strips whose creator died many, many moons ago. They are the old staples, and I don’t feel like they reflect the world as it is today. You may disagree, and want a cup of nostalgia to go with your coffee, but I think it makes it much tougher for new cartoonists to gain acceptance. The competition for a spot on that page is more vicious than a drunken game of Twister.
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 to boot.
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.
Receive the Charming-Yet-Infrequent e-newsletter. Type in your e-mail in the gray box in the lower right hand corner of the home page. You will be joining a Yahoogroup. Not only will you be entertained, you will be remarkably informed on the occasional Rhymes with Orange happenings.
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: