Thursday, October 29, 2009

cartoon of the day


" I'd like to live like a poor man . . only with lots of money. "


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

For The What-It's-Worth-Dept . . .

Lo-gos  \ lo-gas, lo-gos\ n. pl. Lo-goi\ ( Greek, speech, word, reason - - more at legend

1. )The divine wisdom manifest in the creation, government and redemption of the world and often identified with the second person of the Trintity
2. ) reason that in ancient Greek philosophy is the controlling principle of the universe.

Tomorrow, Why we need The Three Stooges.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


" A man is rich in proportion to the things he can afford to let alone. "


Cartoon of day


Character No. 1 :  " Don't tell me what somebody said, tell me what you know. "

Character No. 2:  " All ANY of us know is what somebody said. " ( Along with a little reason and logic )

Monday, October 26, 2009


" Youth is not a time of life . . it is a state of mind. "

( If this bastard is right, I've got nuthin' to worry about )

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Cartoon of the month

This cartoon, fresh off the drawing board five minutes ago will walk you through its history, live as like TruTV, tomorrow it will go ( hard USPS mailed ) to The New Yorker Magazine, along with about 7 other "gems", that in my opinion, "belong" in the magazine, especially this one , I am mailing it to the three editors "shot-gunned" to make sure all three see it at the same time . . I've been doing this for about six months now . . as an experiment . . . I'm sure by now one of the three have bumped into one another by the water fountain or at lunch perhaps or when just small-talking about cartoon submissions, by now one of them has probably said something like:  " You know that poor bastard Delgado keeps sending me his work . . He just DOESN'T get it . . actually, though, SOME of his stuff IS good for our magazine, but I'M not sure as hell gonna be the guy who'll TOUCH this guy's stuff . . The man is TOXIC . .  I'm AFRAID of this nut job . . "  There's no telling what will happen IF we bought one of his cartoons . .  You know, it's almost embarrassing to our profession . . . actually, we have NO valid reason that holds ANY water as to WHY we do not buy this guy's work . . thank God we can always say something like: " Sorry, Roy, you are a GOOD cartoonist, but your stuff isn't QUITE RIGHT for The New Yorker . . ( Man, can't you just let it go with that, then quit submitting, like everyone else and ride off into the sunset ?   Look, that doesn't mean you're a bad guy . . there AIN'T no good guys, ain't no bad guys, there's just you and me . . . how does that go ? 

Right about now, you are becoming a pain in the ass . . . Look, it's not the end of the world . . just quit sending . .  like all your buddies who HAVE quit sending and telling you, almost begging you too, to stop sending so you can be a loser too like the rest of us . . can't you see, it's rigged . . . THERE AIN"T GOING TO BE NO MILLION-MAN MARCH . . No, not THIS time . . . Enough, already, enough is enough . .  I don't want to hear one more time you've been rejected 20,000 times from The New Yorker . . NOBODY CARES . . He-L-LoW-W ?  Can't you get the DRIFT ?  H-M-M-N ?  That's it !



" The only upright man is he who knows his shortcomings. "

( circa 200 B.C. )

Wisdom ( For a cartoonist )

" A diamond is a chunk of coal that made good under pressure. "

- Annonymous

Friday, October 23, 2009


The road uphill and the road downhill are one and the same.

Heraclitus ( ca. 500 B.C. )

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New Yorker reject/ Barron's sale

This is one of those cartoon ideas that you do about once every 10 days that you are POSITIVE will be bought by The New Yorker . . . You are absolutely positive, you can't almost sleep the night that you do it . . that is how excited you get . . at least I get that way because I've been rejected over 19,500 times from the New Yorker . . but I KNOW that some day they will drool over one of these and will NOT be able resist and one of the three gentlemen who makes the decision at The New Yorker will mutter something like . . " Look, let's give the poor bastard a break, before he has a nervous breakdown. Delgado's work IS and SHOULD be in our magazine, I don't care WHAT Pat Byrnes says . . Who the hell does HE think he is ?! - - saying Roy Delgado is not SMART enough to sell our magazine - - actually you don't HAVE to be that smart - - ain't that right, guys ? "

Anyway, it DID get rejected, so I shot it over to Barron's and they bought it quicker than Jeramiah Wright could say G.D America !

I wasn't really surprised though . . Sorry, sometimes it's hard to be humble. But I try, so help me God.

Anyway, I'm having a good time. Remember when Obama went to Warren's church when he was campaigning ? - - I had a nightmare the other night and dreampt ( or ir is it dreamed ) that Obama invited Jeramiah Wright, Joel Osteen, Billy Hargis, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson for a beer at the White House. Man, I think I'm working too hard . . .

Funny Times cartoon - Roy Delgado

Harvard Business Review cartoon

This drawing appears on page 8 in the September issue. It's nice these pros still send you 2 copies of the magazine plus 2 tear sheets. Playboy sends you a gratis copy also when your work appears in a particular issue, and so still a few others do . . . but because of the cost of doing business and the declining print markets revenue and the state of the economy, more magazines have stopped this practice which for decades was a standard way of doing business . . .
I always make it a practice to read at least a couple articles in the magazine to get a "feel" of their particular niche in their corporate audience.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


" Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door. "


Sunday, October 18, 2009

Wisdom ( Write this one down )

" The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up."


Customer wants cartoon with ' New Yorker feel ' - - comes to Delgado

This item from the " For what it's Worth Dept. " . . This is the second time in my life that something very interesting like this has happened. ( from Canada ) is a Cartoon Agency, similar to Cartoon ( from the U.K. ) and The Cartoon ( from NY ) . . . in which case, I inquired years ago about possibly being included in the Cartoon Bank, but since I never heard back from them, I believe that they only represent " New Yorker Cartoonists " . . or at least I have come to assume that . .

By the way, both the Artizans and The Cartoon Stock ( Who claim to be the world's largest ) people are comprised by real professionals who know how to charge appropriately, and I would recommend them both. It is an excellent way to bring in extra income from all those rejects on the shelf, or in a cardboard box.

I received a very interesting email last week from Artizans. A cartoon buyer had approached the Artizans agency and wanted to request a special cartoon the corporation wanted to use in a mailing, it was an inside joke type of thing and the customer was shown a lot of cartoon styles to choose from the Artizans files. To quote the email: " The client was very keen in his inquiry that the image have a ' New Yorker ' feel to it ."

It so happened he liked my cartoon from Artizans files about Santa shown here ( For the style ).

And the good part, I didn't have to think, he already had the idea ! ( He went on to explain that the idea had to do with the city council in his city holding up funds and that they decided to stop working and take a recess and pick up later where they left off, and since something like this had never been done like this before, it was indeed a hot news item in the local papers ).

I drew up a rough, and although it only had to be in black and white greyscale, I got carried away and did it in color, because I found out that when you turn a color drawing into a greyscale image, it comes out beautiful. And this would give him a choice, since I had a little time before starting a big job, I went ahead and rendered it in color ( on my computer program, it's almost the same work to do it in color ) The job went as smooth as silk. He ended up liking the color. The client was happy, Artizans was happy and I was happy. ( Actually, I got the biggest kick because, again, when someone wants a " New Yorker " cartoon, they come to ME . . . ! The artist gets 75% in this case and turned out to be approximately in line with a major magazines rate, ($400.00. )

I learned in business a long time ago that it is always a good idea to give more than expected, and that goes if you are an employee or in your everyday relations for that matter . . that's why you see all of those infomercials screaming . . "and that's not all ! . . or . . " . . And wait, there's MORE ! . . "

It works, period. You see ORECK, the vacuum cleaner guy GIVING you a hand held vacuum cleaner free AND a STEAM IRON FREE, that you can keep, even if you return the vacuum cleaners because you don't like them . .

The lesson or moral of the story . . if you want a " NEW YORKER " cartoon . . go to Roy Delgado . . . Right ? . . Is this rational ? . . Is it based on reason and fact ? . . . I wonder if Bob Mankoff reads this blog . . . H-m-m-n ? Am I nuts or delusional . . . All this is just confusing . . Look, I'm just a guy drawing pitchers 'n writin' gags 'n havin' a good time . . The 800 lb. gorilla in the room . .

I'm having more fun than a man oughta be allowed to have and still be legal . . . I don't know what to tell you .

Saturday, October 17, 2009


" Nothing is worth more than this day. "


Recent Wall Street Journal Cartoon - NYer reject

Here's of those cartoons you do where you are positive, absolutely positive that this one will be the one that The New Yorker will buy after getting over 20,ooo rejections there . . . Every time . . . Every time I feel like this, on a certain drawing . . every time I feel like this, I send it to The New Yorker first, ( Actually, I send it to The NYer first, because I will not be denied, I'm not asking , like Howard Roark in The Fountainhead put it so eloquently, " Rather than ask, who will LET me, I ask, who will STOP me ? " ) mainly because I KNOW it belongs in the magazine . . . go ahead, ask ANYBODY . . I send it there first really only because I KNOW, am absolutely positive that one day, they will finally say YES, because they will not be able to stand the temptation . . Anyway, it got rejected, as usual . . . . I shot it over to The Wall Street Journal and they bought it, quick, very quick, extremely quick. If not, I'm pretty sure Playboy would have bought it .

The clip was sent by Don Cresci . . being out here in the country, if I subscribed to the WSJ print edition, I think it would take a week to deliver here.

I'll shut up and get back to the drawing board, where I belong . . . Like someone told Barbra Streisand, " Shut up and sing ! "

Cartoon of the Month

Just when you thought you finally had the job where you were beginning to feel like one of the guys . ..

Wisdom ( Write this one down )

" All is flux, nothing stands still. "

HERACTILUS ( ca 500 B.C. )

Friday, October 16, 2009


" The surest cure for vanity is loneliness. "


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The New Yorker - CARTOON BOOK

Special Christmas Pricing - Orders received before November 7, 2009 if you order only thru this blog: Only $10.00 per book - FREE shipping and handling. Place your order now. Limited Supply.

108 pages, a collection of great cartoons, many from the rejected New Yorker pile. Should be on the the bookshelf of every cartoonist, at least you will know what NOT to send to The New Yorker !

Monday, October 12, 2009


" Silence is a true friend that never betrays. "

CONFUCIUS ( circa 500 B.C. )

cartoon of the day


" Whenever one finds oneself inclined to bitterness, it is a sign of emotional failure. '


Cartoon of day

I guess it just seems that way, doesn't it . .

Sunday, October 11, 2009


Everyone prefers belief to the exercise judgement.

- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

National Review cartoon - Roy delgado

Here is a cartoon which came out in the 90's in this consevative magazine . . It really doesn't matter WHICH party is in the oval office . . this cartoon still is relavent . . . I guess that can be proven by the 20% approval ratings of the congress . . It's amazing . . the more things change, the more they stay the same . .

Friday, October 9, 2009


" Imagination is more important than knowledge. "


What do mean, what do you mean ?

Thursday, October 8, 2009


" Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out. "



" If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. "


First for Women cartoon - Roy Delgado

This drawing appears on page 98 in the October issue of the magazine. The drawing was submitted as a print from a black and white ink drawing ( using a Micron pen ) with the shading in the Dad's trousers and the boy's pants already inserted in the print using my trusty Corel PaintShopPro 9 program.

The gagline and smile file box was reset in grey and to their size by the magazine's art dept.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Larry Fine's Birthday today, Oct. 5

TODAY, October 5th, we should bow our heads for a few moments to honor Larry Fine, of The Three Stooges fame.

Every Stooge fan has his favorite. ( The pronown " his " is used deliberately here, since it's well known that women just don't get - - or even like The Stooges. )

Larry Fine is the closest to being "normal " . . . Larry is the superego that strives for organization and peace.

He was born Louis Feinberg in Philadelphia in 1902.

Wall Street Journal cartoon - Roy Delgado

The day this guy was picked for this job he now has . . . you KNEW, YOU KNEW . . . this was coming . . . The New Yorker missed ANOTHER one . . They had their chance and they blew it . . AGAIN . .

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Wisdom ( Write this one down )

" A person who doesn't know but knows that he doesn't know, is a student; teach him. A person who knows but who doesn't know that he knows, is asleep; awaken him. But a person who knows and knows that he knows is wise . . follow him.


Wall Street Journal cartoon - Roy Delgado

This recent clip was sent to me by Don Cresci, a good cartoonist who's been to a lot of the biggies . . with a simple, eloquent, clean drawing style and great wit., thanks, Don. He calls his blog " Don Cresci's Clog ".

Thursday, October 1, 2009