Wednesday, 20 June 2012

How newspaper cartoons are produced

As a public service, I offer the following scribbly infographic to show how the front-page Westmorland Gazette newspaper cartoon is produced.

 Stage 1 - A journalist goes out and gathers a news story

Stage 2 - The journalist types in the news story, adding supplementary facts, figures and typos

Stage 3 - The cartoonist turns up 3 hours before press deadline and consults with his esteemed editor on suitable stories for the week's front-page cartoon

Stage 4 - The cartoonist then goes off to quiet corner to come up with ideas and pretend not to be daydreaming

Stage 5 - The cartoonist offers ideas of unsurpassed brilliance for consideration of the editor

Stage 6 - The steamed editor subjects the cartoonist's ideas to a rigorous editorial selection process

Stage 7 - Once the cartoonist receives the editor's final choice, he embarks upon artwork of great depth and beauty

Stage 8 - The artwork is scanned and beamed through cyberspace to Westmorland Gazette Production Command somewhere in low Earth orbit

Stage 9 - The following morning, The Westmorland Gazette appears with cartoon on front page. Loyal readers search out magnifying glass and prepare to be amused.

Stage 10 - The sketches submitted appear on this blog on Thursday morning and you get to vote which the editor should have chosen. To find out if you were right, the final cartoon appears on my website and you can find it here.


  1. Ha! I always wondered.

    I particularly like the Steamed Editor.

  2. Excellent. I especially liked the last one...point nicely made!

  3. You left out the bit where the hard-worked and unsung sub editor makes sense of the journalist's story, corrects the spelling and grammar and removes the libel...

  4. Interesting! It could be an informative intro for a great exhibition... ;-)

  5. A round brown circle on a cartoon means it actually spent time on his desk for some serious consideration...usually in the neighborhood of 20-30 minutes (or however long it took him to finish his coffee).

  6. That's a delightfully well told story Colin.
    (Recognises the scene with the bin and goes off to weep bitter, salty tears).
    Onwards, anyhow.