I talked in the post below about re-using cartoons. It’s like a kiss, really. You don’t call a second kiss, “re-using it”, do you? A good kiss is just as sweet the second time around.
But a magazine editor today doesn’t think that way, I guess. He bought it, I redrew it, and submitted an invoice last week. Today he called to say no, they weren’t going to buy it for the magazine now. He said he was doing some housecleaning this weekend, and found the cartoon in my book that I had sent him a year ago, and now he’s not interested.
He’s bought other cartoons from me that were previously published – well, one, that he specifically wanted – so what’s the diff? The only place last week’s cartoon had been used was in my chocolate book, “What Do Women REALLY Want? Chocolate!”
I think the book publisher made about 4000 copies of this book, and only part of that number sold. (Even though it was book of the month in Family Circle, with a circulation of 4 million! THAT’s how hard it is to sell a book!)
Even if we say 4000 people had seen this cartoon before – 4 years ago – If this magazine editor had bought and used it as he had promised, many millions of people would have seen it. But his rule – except for the other previously published cartoon, of course – is only to use NEW NEW NEW work. (Of course, the other cartoonists he uses have cartoons that I’ve seen or done myself, ie, not so original! But he doesn’t know that.) I feel terrible.