Nick Anderson is creating Editorial Cartoons
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Thanks so much for visiting my page and taking the time to read. Mostly, thanks to my fans and patrons. 

When I started working for a newspaper 27 years ago, there were about 180 full-time editorial cartoonists in the country. Now there are fewer than 25. If newspapers are the future of editorial cartooning, we are doomed.

I managed to defy the odds for a long time, but the odds finally caught up with me last summer, when the Houston Chronicle eliminated my position. These days, not even a Pulitzer could ensure my job security. It’s a pretty sad when there’s not a single newspaper in Texas, the second most populous state in the Union, that has a staff editorial cartoonist.

When was the last time you saw a cartoon on social media? Did you stop to read it? You probably did. The reason a cartoon is effective is that it engages very quickly - it’s a five-second investment in your time. But that’s the rub. What makes a cartoon so effective on social media, also makes it nearly impossible to monetize. They get copied and pasted all over the web. If it really strikes a chord, it will spread like wildfire. That’s a great thing, if you care about getting your message out. But it’s not a good thing if you’re in the publishing business.

One cartoon I drew during the 2016 election was posted by a handful of political advocacy pages. It received well over 500,000 shares, and those were just one ones I was able to track. Imagine how many people saw that cartoon. If 50-100 people saw each person's facebook share (a conservative estimate), that's 25-50 million views of that single cartoon. 

It’s the central dilemma for cartoonists today - we are probably more widely read than ever, thanks to social media. And yet, social media is killing us.

Which brings me to my point; maybe it’s time for me to get out of the publishing business (OK, that decision’s already been made for me), and get into the messaging business. What if I can build an army of small subscribers and supporters, along with perhaps a handful of larger donors, that get it?  A lot of people have told me they would support my work directly, so I've set up this Patreon page. Without it, I will be out of the cartooning business by the end of the year. 

Hopefully, I can raise enough to get back to cartooning, full-time (4 to 5 cartoons a week), instead of three cartoons a week. At this point in our history, we need political cartooning more than ever.
Tiers
Subscriber
$1 or more per month
That's about 3 cents a day. You get to see all cartoons (3 per week) and videos (I will be posting videos of my drawing process and posting them), and have the satisfaction of supporting American editorial cartooning and the particular message I'm putting out. 
Supporter
$3 or more per month
You get to see all cartoons (3 per week), videos and rough sketches that end up as cartoons.
Patron
$5 or more per month
You get to see all cartoons(3 per week), videos and rough sketches that end up as cartoons. I will also post sketches of cartoons that I don't end up drawing, either because they were killed by an editor or I just drew too many that day. In addition, I will create posts that show my drawing process from beginning to end. 
Benefactor
$10 or more per month
You will get one signed print of any cartoon of your choice per year. You get to see all cartoons, sketches, and videos. I will be posting videos of my drawing process and posting them. 
Sponsor
$25 or more per month
You will get three signed prints of any cartoons of your choice per year. You get to see all cartoons, sketches, and videos.
Badass
$50 or more per month
All of the above, plus one personally signed doodle every year. 
Baller
$100 or more per month
All of the above, plus two personally signed doodles every year. 
Adviser
$500 or more per month
One personally drawn, fully-color cartoon for you every year. Also, you can give me your input on what topics you think need to be covered for my daily cartoons, and I will actually listen. I will also send you adoption papers and you can adopt me. 
Goals
521 of 1500 patrons
I will increase from three cartoons per week to four when I reach 1,500 patrons.
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Thanks so much for visiting my page and taking the time to read. Mostly, thanks to my fans and patrons. 

When I started working for a newspaper 27 years ago, there were about 180 full-time editorial cartoonists in the country. Now there are fewer than 25. If newspapers are the future of editorial cartooning, we are doomed.

I managed to defy the odds for a long time, but the odds finally caught up with me last summer, when the Houston Chronicle eliminated my position. These days, not even a Pulitzer could ensure my job security. It’s a pretty sad when there’s not a single newspaper in Texas, the second most populous state in the Union, that has a staff editorial cartoonist.

When was the last time you saw a cartoon on social media? Did you stop to read it? You probably did. The reason a cartoon is effective is that it engages very quickly - it’s a five-second investment in your time. But that’s the rub. What makes a cartoon so effective on social media, also makes it nearly impossible to monetize. They get copied and pasted all over the web. If it really strikes a chord, it will spread like wildfire. That’s a great thing, if you care about getting your message out. But it’s not a good thing if you’re in the publishing business.

One cartoon I drew during the 2016 election was posted by a handful of political advocacy pages. It received well over 500,000 shares, and those were just one ones I was able to track. Imagine how many people saw that cartoon. If 50-100 people saw each person's facebook share (a conservative estimate), that's 25-50 million views of that single cartoon. 

It’s the central dilemma for cartoonists today - we are probably more widely read than ever, thanks to social media. And yet, social media is killing us.

Which brings me to my point; maybe it’s time for me to get out of the publishing business (OK, that decision’s already been made for me), and get into the messaging business. What if I can build an army of small subscribers and supporters, along with perhaps a handful of larger donors, that get it?  A lot of people have told me they would support my work directly, so I've set up this Patreon page. Without it, I will be out of the cartooning business by the end of the year. 

Hopefully, I can raise enough to get back to cartooning, full-time (4 to 5 cartoons a week), instead of three cartoons a week. At this point in our history, we need political cartooning more than ever.

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Tiers
Subscriber
$1 or more per month
That's about 3 cents a day. You get to see all cartoons (3 per week) and videos (I will be posting videos of my drawing process and posting them), and have the satisfaction of supporting American editorial cartooning and the particular message I'm putting out. 
Supporter
$3 or more per month
You get to see all cartoons (3 per week), videos and rough sketches that end up as cartoons.
Patron
$5 or more per month
You get to see all cartoons(3 per week), videos and rough sketches that end up as cartoons. I will also post sketches of cartoons that I don't end up drawing, either because they were killed by an editor or I just drew too many that day. In addition, I will create posts that show my drawing process from beginning to end. 
Benefactor
$10 or more per month
You will get one signed print of any cartoon of your choice per year. You get to see all cartoons, sketches, and videos. I will be posting videos of my drawing process and posting them. 
Sponsor
$25 or more per month
You will get three signed prints of any cartoons of your choice per year. You get to see all cartoons, sketches, and videos.
Badass
$50 or more per month
All of the above, plus one personally signed doodle every year. 
Baller
$100 or more per month
All of the above, plus two personally signed doodles every year. 
Adviser
$500 or more per month
One personally drawn, fully-color cartoon for you every year. Also, you can give me your input on what topics you think need to be covered for my daily cartoons, and I will actually listen. I will also send you adoption papers and you can adopt me.