October 5, 2015
Lenard Thomas, Cartoonist, Artist, Musician
So You Think You Want to be a Cartoonist!
was the topic of the evening. Cartoonist, Lenard Thomas, aka
Aloysius, entertained 35 members and guests in the churchís 2nd
floor parlor with an interesting power point presentation followed
by a demonstration. Len was surprised to see so many people
attending the meeting to hear about cartoons! But, as he later
explained ďthere is a gold mine here if you want to do itĒ
drawing Army jeeps at age 2. Then in the early '60's, while in
Basic Training in New Jersey, he sold hundreds of sweatshirts with
cartoons depicting the humorous side of Army life . . . the sergeant
versus the enlisted man. Later, he went on to be a freelance
cartoonist for commercial/industrial markets. Now his cartoons
can be found twice a month in the Voice Magazine, a community paper
in Geneva, Ohio. He says his payment is a free ad in the paper
for his band Whooz Playin that performs at local wineries and
events . . . he plays the guitar and harmonica. Plus, he is
also an accomplished oil painter!
The boom time for cartoons started in
the 1890ís in order to sell newspapers. Len said the editorial
cartoons were the most difficult, as the character must look like
who you want to depict. And gag strips can be the most
bizarre, depicting super hero, story line and adventure cartoons.
Lenís idol is Gary Larson, whom he calls the Jimmy Hendrix of
Cartooning. When ranking cartoons, either they make you
laugh out loud or you donít get it. Per Len, the best of the
best is Charles Schultz, current leader is Dilbert, animal cartoons
are more popular now...i.e., Garfield by Jim Davis.
Len says that if you are creative, humorous, artistic, there can be
a gold mine in cartooning. Your best bet is to get into a
newspaper. There are still 1600 daily newspapers...used to be
5000. Typical pay is $3.00/day/paper. So, if you are in
100 papers for one year, you could make $109,500/yr...not bad for
After the presentation, we were
treated not tricked by three lovely Halloween Witches to
delicious treats and a bizarre brew! Thanks go to Helen
Karpoff, Dorothy Geisert and Joan Milligan.