One of the most fundamental principles in the comics industry is that good writing always trumps bad art. Basically, you can spend all the time in the world drawing your comics and sketching your characters in all sorts of elaborate and wonderful ways, but unless you can come up with innovative and fresh ideas, write well, have good comic timing, and have something funny to say, you're bound for the trash heap of history.
The history of cartoons is filled with the carcasses of dead comic strips and characters that lived a very short life, died, and were quickly forgotten. The primary reason: These comic strips weren't well-written or funny enough on a consistent basis, and even fantastic art can't save poorly written cartoons.
In comparison, many comic strips that have been around for decades have art, backgrounds, and characters that are drawn in a very simple style. Yet some of these comics are very successful. Some examples include Peanuts, Dilbert, Cathy, and Pearls Before Swine. The commonality among these cartoons is that although their art has a simple, minimalist quality, they're all very well-written on a consistent basis.
You don't want your cartoon to be thrown on the pile of dead comic strips, do you? I didn't think so. The good news is that this section gives you the lowdown on incorporating good writing with your interesting characters and backgrounds to create a cartoon that people can relate to.
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