Stock cartoons: Using the backlog

Inevitably, with on-spec gag cartooning, you end up with lots of cartoons that have been sent to several magazines but remain unpublished. Occasionally, just occasionally, you'll get a commission where these gags can be used. Most commissions are on a very specific subject, they're often illustrating an article, for example. But if it's a more general subject, it's time to dig out those unpublished gags.

Over the past few weeks this has happened a couple of times with the cartoons I draw for a local newspaper group. The subjects were rotten weather (a perennial British favourite) and CCTV security cameras. The cartoons were re-drawn to fit the newspapers, but it was nice that the hard work, ie. coming up with the idea, was already done.