Jim Davis (cartoonist) Quotes
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I never thought I honestly would make a living out of it. I did cartoons for the high school paper and then the college paper and then when I got out I was working in advertising. I was just a pay-stub artist, a layout artist, but I got to meet Tom Ryan, who does the Tumbleweeds comic strip. He lived in Muncie and I asked him how he got started and he liked my stuff and asked me to be his assistant. This was back in 1969.
The comic strips from the papers are running online and getting good readership. Garfield has gotten nearly 17 million fans on Facebook. We're in this period right now where there is very little difference, except for the opportunity to monetize the strip online. People expect intellectual properties and content to be free online, so the newspapers are protecting them a little more now.
I had a bug idea, a bug strip. I submitted a lot of ideas to newspaper syndicates and finally an editor said, "Your scripts are great but bugs? Nobody can relate." So I took a long hard look at the comics and I thought, "Dogs are doing really well. Snoopy, Marmaduke and so on." So if dogs were doing well, I thought maybe people would want to see cats.