Making a living at writing and drawing editorial cartoons is no easy task. Imagine having to sit at your desk and crank out punchlines that you think people will like. Then, imagine having to pick and choose from those punchlines and create accompanying drawings. Then, imagine having to submit them every week with no guarantee that they will be printed and that you will be paid. This is the life of the editorial cartoonist, and stressful as it can be, when a cartoon gets landed in a magazine as prestigious as The New Yorker, the reward is great.
We met with Joe Dator in his neighborhood of Astoria, Queens on a Monday, the day before his pitch meetings. Fueled by coffee and adrenaline, he cranked out tons of sketches and concepts to show to The New Yorker on the following Tuesday. Check out his website to see some of his cartoons that have been featured in the New Yorker magazine: