June 6, 2005
By Mike Keefe, Editorial Cartoonist, The Denver Post
Where can I go to school to learn cartooning?
As far as we know there are no colleges or universities that offer a degree in editorial cartooning. That may have something to do with the fact that there are fewer than100 full-time job openings at major newspapers in the United States. You want something less exclusive? How about a surgery residency specializing in kangaroo face-lifts or a fried squid franchise in Omaha?
Because editorial cartooning is an odd mix of history, politics, art, writing and humor, all of these subjects are valuable for beginning cartoonists. Study each of them as part of a curriculum or on your own. Most large newspapers require of their reporters and editors both a degree and on-the-job-experience. Here is the good news: If you have the talent, the ability to produce daily, you may not need the same academic credentials required of your colleagues in journalism. There are some very talented cartoonists working today who did not go to college. But they are in the distinct minority. More likely, you will need a resume and a grade-point average that reflects a dedication to the subjects you will address every day at the drawing board.