Andertoons Professional Cartooning Workshop – Chicago


I’m pleased to announce the very first Andertoons Professional Cartooning Workshop!

It’s a full weekend of in-depth cartooning with me. We’ll cover everything from writing great gags to the nuts and bolts of selling cartoons.

You’ll leave educated, energized and inspired to achieve your personal and professional cartooning goals.


It’s going to be held May 2-3, 2020 at the Homewood Inn & Suites in Schaumburg, IL.

It’s now being held May 16-17, 2020 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Schaumburg, IL.

Class will be from 9:00 AM – Noon and 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM both days.

There are only a few spots left, so make sure to grab your spot before they’re gone! (Sign up below.)

Attendees will receive:

  • Individualized attention and advice
  • Workshop packet
  • Your work featured on the Andertoons blog, Instagram & Twitter
  • The COMPLETE CALVIN AND HOBBES! (Thank you to the good folks at Andrews McMeel Universal!!)
  • Assorted Andertoons books

What will be covered:


Mark will discuss his career path, writing and art influences, share some cartoons, and establish goals for the workshop. Attendees will get to know each other.


  • Research, free association, topic choices
  • Editing for clarity, brevity, and impact
  • Pitfalls to avoid
  • Group writing exercises
  • Individual critique, advice & encouragement


  • Layout and composition
  • Finding and improving your style
  • Tools and techniques for efficiency
  • Pitfalls to avoid
  • Group art exercises
  • Individual critique, advice & encouragement


  • Building a website that works
  • Search engine optimization
  • Marketing yourself on and offline
  • Running a small business
  • Why you need to fail

Group Show

Share your workshop cartoons with the class

Q & A

Ask me anything

What Does It Cost?

The cost is $500 per person. A $100 deposit will hold your spot. The balance will be due April 3, 2020.

Rooms are available beginning at $89 + tax per night. Lunches and dinners are on your own. (There are a ton of great places to eat nearby.)

If for some reason you’re unable to attend, I’m happy to refund your money if a replacement for your spot can be found.

About Your Instructor

Mark Anderson has been an independent professional cartoonist for 20 years. His website,, is widely recognized as an industry leader.

Mark’s cartoons have been published in:

  • Reader’s Digest
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Forbes
  • Harvard Business Review
  • Saturday Evening Post
  • Barron’s
  • Woman’s World
  • and many more…

His corporate clients include:

  • GE
  • GM
  • NASA
  • Intel
  • Microsoft
  • Pinterest
  • Walgreens
  • National Geographic
  • Scholastic
  • and many more…

Mark has been a featured speaker at the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Awards, the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning, two Success in Comics seminars and Toonfest. He teaches cartooning classes at schools and libraries nationwide and has self-published 7 books. Mark has written for the International Journal of Cartoon Art, had a gallery show at the Prairie Center for the Arts and has a cartoon in the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

Sign Up Now!

This is the real deal. Be prepared to stretch creatively and go deep into the business of cartooning.

Again, space is limited to only 10 cartoonists, AND WE’RE ALMOST FULL, so don’t miss out on this unique opportunity!

Click below to pay the $100 deposit and grab your spot. The balance will be invoiced on April 3, 2020.