The Kubert School Career Services offers students help in planning for their future. Students can get help with career placement, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing skills, job researching etc.

Placement Services

 Planning your career early can only benefit you in the long run. The Kubert School Career Services are here to offer you valuable information and aid in making the right decisions for your future. We will figure out where you want to be.

Our counselors will assist students with:

•Individual Career Counseling and Coaching
•Resume and Cover letter writing 
•Career planning guidance
•Interviewing strategies and coaching
•Effective job search skills
•Tips and techniques for looking online 
•Networking Strategies

If you have questions you can contact our Job Placement Coordinator:

Each year, approximately 12 - 15 companies visit The Kubert School to review portfolios of our 3rd year students and look for upcoming talent to hire.  They know where to come to find the talent.  

14 Companies came to The Kubert School in the 2016/2017 school year to search for talent and employ our graduates.

  • Disney
  • DC Comics
  • Marvel Comics
  • Valiant Entertainment
  • IDW
  • Top Cow Productions
  • Dynamite Entertainment
  • Afterschook
  • Ominous Press
  • Scholastic
  • Studio 2.0
  • Fractured Pixels
  • Hasbro
  • Topps

Cartooning Jobs: Job Opportunities in the Cartoon Industry

Cartoonists use a blend of art, storytelling, social commentary and humor to entertain and inform their readers. Some cartoonists also use dramatic elements, like plotting and character development, to tell sequential stories.

Many cartoonists work independently, developing their own ideas for cartoons or comics, as well as drawing and marketing them. Others work in teams, producing graphic novels or cartoons for large publishers.

• Cartoonist
Using ink, pencil, charcoal, paint or computer software, cartoonists create caricatures, single comics and serial comic strips for newspapers and comic books. Their work is also seen in greeting cards, advertisements, magazines, trade journals, calendars, graphic novels and manga (Japanese-style cartoons).

• Editorial Cartoonist
These cartoonists specialize in political commentary. Their art frequently appears in the pages of newspapers and news magazines. Some editorial cartoonists tackle issues of national or international import, while others focus on politics and events in their local communities.

• Digital Cartoonist
Digital cartoonists use computer technology to produce comics that are read on the Internet, as well as cell phones and other wireless communication devices. Some of these comics are also available in print and archived on the Web, while others are seen only in digital publications.

• Inker, Penciler, Colorist or Letterer
These job functions are part of a team effort to produce comic strips or books. An inker adds dimension to an illustration by outlining figures in ink and emphasizing backgrounds. Pencilers use a script to create a layout and outline action figures. Colorists take photocopies of layouts after they've been inked and prepare them for printing, coding the pages for color separation. And letterers write the dialogue in a cartoon, often in a balloon coming out of a character's mouth.

• Comic Writer, Scripter or Illustrator
Comic writers, or scripters, write the scripts for a comic strip or book, outlining scenes and detailing the action. Some approach their work as if it were a screenplay, giving full descriptions of scenes and sound effects, including dialogue. Illustrators work on the drawings in a comic book and create storyboards to plan the story, panel by panel. Their jobs also might include writing narrative.

• Background Artist
Similar to an inker, a background artist inks in the backgrounds in comic strip panels or book layouts. Background artists are rarely used, and when they are, an assistant or an intern often performs the work, or it's subcontracted.

• Education for Aspiring Cartoonists
A college degree isn't necessary to be a cartoonist, but learning the basics of drawing is recommended. Increasingly, cartoonists also need to know how to create comics on a computer using graphics programs.

Editorial cartoonists might benefit from a background in journalism, political science or another subject pertaining to the content of their cartoons. Newspaper editors often look for a combination of experience and education in their editorial cartoonists, in addition to artistic talent.

Getting Started in the Cartooning Industry
Since many large metropolitan newspapers are shrinking, reducing staff and editorial content, the best way to break into cartooning might be to approach the editors of smaller newspapers or journals or online publications. Editors and art directors often wish to see a portfolio of sample cartoons to get an idea of a cartoonist's skills.

Another option for aspiring cartoonists is to submit their comics or editorial cartoons for distribution by a syndicate, which supplies comic features to newspapers and other media outlets across the country. Major U.S. syndicates include Creators Syndicate, King Features, Washington Post Writer's Group, Universal Press Syndicate, United Media and Tribune Media Services. In addition, some comic book companies, like Marvel Comics and DC Comics, offer internships in various aspects of comic book production.

Graphic Art and Illustration Careers

• Book designer and illustrator
Book illustrators are graphic designers with strong print design backgrounds. They use their creative skills to design jackets and create original art and other supporting materials. Writers who have contracts with major publishing houses actually have no control over the design of their work. It is up to an illustrator, assigned to the book, to come up with a suitable design that is approved by the publisher. Illustrators are not just limited to working for companies that print creative fiction and nonfiction, as many technical and scientific publishers need the skills of designers who also have science backgrounds.

• The Freelance Designer
The freelance designer often will work in one or two specialized areas of graphic design. He will look to attract clients with a coordinated program of self promotion. This may include online portfolios, design blogs, direct mail campaigns, cold calling, joining organizations such as the Graphic Artists Guild, and targeting businesses he wishes to work with. The working method for freelancers is much the same as it is for staff designers. Design ideas are submitted for client approval or changes before completion of the project. Freelance designers are also responsible for the details of running a small business such as accounting, tax preparation and invoicing clients.

• Editorial Illustrators
Creates illustrations that tell a story to accompany magazine articles, newspaper stories or to be used as book covers, or in corporate reports.

• Medical/Technical Illustrator
Produce illustrations, technical drawings and maps for medical, technical and scientific journals, manuals and books. Often computer illustration.

• Courtroom Illustrator
Execute drawings of court trials for newspapers and television networks and stations.

• Sign Writer
Execute drawings of court trials for newspapers and television networks and stations

• Storyboard Illustrator
A storyboarder, is a professional visual artist who works within the visual media industries, including entertainment and advertising. They are responsible for physically drawing the scenes of a film or television production in an effort to provide a tangible example of a director's plan prior to a film being created. In addition to illustrating a director's vision, these drawings also afford the director the ability to eliminate certain ideas prior to going into production, saving valuable money and time.

Job search engines and informational websites

ZipRecruiter :

Design Jobs Live :

Indeed :

Simply Hired :

iFreelance :

Why do Work :

Monster :

Career Builder :

Creative Shake :

Creative Hotlist:
Cartoonist Central :

CARTOON - European Association of Animation Film :

Sketchoholic :

Kubert School on the web

Professional organizations

The Association of American Cartoonists :

The National Cartoonist Society :

The Society of Illustrators : 

Graphic Artist Guild :

The Computer Graphics Society :