Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of one-shot cartoon characters just begging Mark Anderson for another shot at fame—or at least, infamy… in the NEW new media capital of the world… St. Petersburg, Florida!
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I don’t know cartoonist Mark Anderson—not yet, anyway—but I complete “get” him.
His burning desire since graduating college in 1997 has been to be a cartoonist. Unfortunately, he hit the market just before the traditional print publishing world fell? jumped? leaped? was pushed? off a cliff.
Within a few short years of Anderson’s arrival on the professional scene, the newspaper and magazine opportunities for selling his wares went the way of Thelma & Louise.
MARK ANDERSON audio excerpt: “I don’t know if you could tell by my matinee idol good looks, but I had to be funny. I’m not that attractive. If I wanted any time with any young ladies growing up, I had to be funny.”
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But Anderson was driven to find a way. He worked a day job to pay the bills and spent his pre-dawn and late-night hours drawing comics for whatever customers he could find – magazines and newspapers, sure, but also greeting card companies, trade publications, corporations and websites.
I “get” Mr. Anderson because I’ve taken a similar route as a freelance writer. I always wanted to write but never limited myself to just pursuing newspaper and magazine assignments. I kept an open mind to corporate reports, scriptwriting, copywriting and advertising, all of which eventually led me to books and Mr. Media.
Today, Anderson has broadened his horizons – and his Andertoons.com website – to include a subscription model for businesses that see humor as another way to their customers’ hearts.
Bob Andelman is the host and producer of Mr. Media® Interviews. He is also the author or co-author of 16 books, including Fans Not Customers with Vernon W. Hill, founder of Commerce Bank and Metro Bank UK, Mind Over Business with Ken Baum, The Consulate with Thomas R. Stutler, The Profiler with Pat Brown, Built From Scratch with the founders of The Home Depot, The Profit Zone with Adrian Slywotzky, Mean Business with Albert J. Dunlap, and Will Eisner: A Spirited Life. Click here to see Bob Andelman’s Amazon Central author page. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (member page).