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What is “Making It” as a cartoonist?

Is there a definition to this or not?

Have you ever wondering what “making it” as a cartoonist is?

You probably envision the definition of that as a cartoonist that does NOTHING but cartooning.  However, that’s not exactly true.

This term of “making it” can be defined in several ways. You’ll see…

So, speaking of making, I’d suggest making a coffee and watching the latest video below to hear more!


  1. Daniel Brian Mobley says:

    I feel that I’ve squandered my time in the past because I have failed to define not only what my personal “making it” is, but also crafting a concise plan to get there. They don’t emphasize this life skill enough to youngsters. Thank you for sharing, Nate!

    1. Nathanael Fakes says:

      Life plans don’t always go, well, as planned! But, sometimes they do or sometimes they take an even better direction. I know I never thought I’d end up here in LA doing what I’m up to now with my cartooning, but it’s all worked out and I’ve discovered new areas to create my art.

      Thanks for the comment and, as always, keep us posted!

  2. Will Dudla says:

    Hey Nate,

    First wanna say congrats on your W_ee_ _f F_r_ _ne winnings 🙂 I didn’t get a chance to watch the actual show, but I did search the interwebs to find bits and pieces of it.

    Second, for me, making it is actually making money with my skills. Of course skills change and evolve, but right now if I can make a little bit here and there off my cartooning, then I am good. Always can go up from there.

    It does take a seriously large amount of time doing all kinds of other things when you are a one person show. Rarely do those outside the circle realize how much time it takes even just to get a website in order. I wish I could just draw all day 🙁

    1. Nathanael Fakes says:

      Hi Will,

      Thanks for the WoF congrats! It was a blast and one of those things on my bucket list that I can now cross off. I’m sure the episode will be on demand somewhere at some point.

      Making it for me is also financially a part of it. But, when I was working a day job stocking shelves and cartooning, I still had a mindset of I was making it — I just wasn’t quite where I wanted to be yet. There’s many angles of looking at it. Just envisioning getting there (wherever that may be) is what’s important. I didn’t know exactly HOW or WHAT I was going to be doing to be “making it” financially as a cartoonist for sure, but it ended up doing what I’m doing today. Just having positive thoughts about the process through it all is what – I believe – made it happen. (And trust me, I had very negative thoughts as well through it all, but I tried to get rid of them as quickly as possible and not have them creep in too much.)

      We’d all love to just draw all day, but that’s hard to do without a whole crew of people doing everything else. And hey, that CAN happen! Hope you get there. I wouldn’t mind that either. There’s always a ton of behind-the-scene things that are going on (like websites, as you mentioned). At some point just drawing whatever it is I want to do sounds like a fun place to be.

      1. Will Dudla says:

        You know on second though…I think you are right – the drawing all day would be the most awesome “making it” goal ever!! Hehe 🙂

        1. Nate Fakes says:


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