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Cartoon Success Secrets by Jud Hurd
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Mar 28, 10

bookshelves: non-fiction, graphic-arts, bio-and-auto-bio
Read in March, 2010 — I own a copy

Cartoon Success Secrets is a big book of about about the lives of newspaper cartoonists, mostly derived from the 35-year run of CARTOONIST PROfiles, a magazine edited by Jud Hurd. While informative, and a chance to see some good unpublished work from Bil Keane, Chic Young, Johnny Hart, Mort Walker and Dik Browne, Hank Ketcham and many others, for the most part the book is fairly stodgy and feels extremely old school (which, in all fairness, it is).

The first part of the book, about the early days of animation and was the most interesting. Part Two is the profiles, which are decent enough, but they don't contain much I haven't heard before. I don't mean to diminish the book; it just feels more like a class reunion than a rave, and that's just fine with me.
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