What's Up with Upshaw? Episode 6

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Sylvester Stallone, as Rocky Balboa, once said, "The world ain't all sunshine and roses."  He was right--especially for me now.

School's out for the summer, so no substitute teaching to help pay the bills.  And I've got lots of bills.  I owe more money than I'm making right now, which had been true even when I was subbing.  My two best customers are having setbacks of their own, so they can't give me any paying jobs now.  And I've broken up with my business girlfriend Renee because doing her events are no longer profitable.  She took this way too personally.

But, on the bright side, I have been hired by the local library to draw caricatures of the kids in their Summer Reading program at all the reading rooms and both the library branches.  I'm still doing gigs at Paul Henry's Art Gallery in Hammond.  And the revenues from my Film Annex web channel are climbing.  And I have a job coming up managing a friend's website.  So money is coming...slowly.

Look, money coming in slowly is better than no money coming in at all.  And all these trials are serving to make me realize how valuable my work is.  So I have to be patient and keep working at the animating, caricaturing and cartooning I love to do and that is starting to make a profit.  And to not be afraid to say, "I want to make money--good money--with my cartoons."  And insist that I do!

About the author


I call myself a 'tooner--one who cartoons. Animated shorts, single-panel gag cartoons and celebrity caricatures are my specialty!

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