Exciting, isn’t it?
And now I really must return to the dizzying weekly cycle of cartoon activity, starting by searching my mental in-box for ideas.
I can see why those old guys used ideas from elsewhere. It came as a surprise to me back in the day, when I first started submitting to the magazine, that a lot of the the giants of the profession were furnished ideas, either by the magazine itself or from gag-writers. The magazine actually bought a few of my initial attempts at cartoons as ideas only, wisely rejecting my bad drawing and purchasing only the idea part (For a pittance) which they then assigned to one of their contract artists. In my case, I sold about a dozen of those, most of which ended up as Charles Addams cartoons. I had to admit the results were a million times better than my initial attempts, but I was very disappointed that they had rejected my drawings. (Of course, they eventually made that up to me).