National Cartoonists Day is an annual celebration held on May 5th of every year. Haven’t you noticed those newspaper cartoons with the word bubble and forgot to glance at other news for a while? There would be many for whom those cartoons are the favorite part of the morning newspaper. Those creative sketches will deliver the reader so much valuable information seriously or comically. Obviously, creating such characters for the paper needs a higher level of creativity and humor skills. It is indeed vital to celebrate all those creative cartoonists or artists who bring both informative and humorous thoughts of pictures with a special day on the calendar. National Cartoonists Day is created with an intention to honor and celebrate the cartoonists and their cartoons.
“A cartoonist creates his whole universe without any input.” – Mark Hamill
History of National Cartoonists Day
The National Cartoonists Day has been in celebration since the year 1999. National Cartoonist Society has launched this celebration. The Cartoonists Day is a form of dedication for all the cartoonists and those favourite cartoons what they have created for the paper. The date is precisely chosen as it was on May 5th of 1895, Hogan’s Alley, the first colour newspaper cartoon had been published. The first comic was later known as The Yellow Kid, and it was the first commercially successful cartoon icon that has gained popularity. Richard F Outcault was the person who introduced the Hogan’s Alley in the New York Sunday World who appeared in a yellow nightshirt. The Yellow Kid by Outcault is a barefoot boy with a bald head who wears a yellow, hand-me-down nightshirt and his thoughts printed on his shirt.
The same character had even appeared in the black-and-white cartoons in the newspapers previously. The Yellow Kid was created as an archetype of the world who was friendly, warm, sunny, generous, and selfless. The famous cartoon character had appeared on the postcards, billboards, cigarette packs, and in other product advertisements quickly. Cartoonists Day has been created to celebrate Outcault and his incredible creativity and all the thoughts of the Yellow Kid. Polly Keener and Ken Alvine were the co-chairpersons of the National Cartoonists Day Committee who has come up with this idea of the celebration to increase awareness of this beautiful creation of Outcault.
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How to Celebrate National Cartoonists Day
Celebrating National Cartoonists Day is quite simple. Go search for your favorite comic book to look back on those comical characters. Cherish your childhood memories as without those cartoons you wouldn’t have so many wonderful memories. You can even buy new comics to spend this Day joyfully. Go online and search for online comics to have some fun. If you have got the creativity level of making some cartoons, then go ahead and sketch something. Appreciate the cartoonist who loves the most on this Day as a way to recognize their work for the world. Share your cartoons and your celebrations of Cartoonists Day on social media using the hashtag #CartoonistsDay.
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