By M. Sakran
First, are cartoons like articles, short stories, essays, and poems? Are they the same as expressing something with words, even if they have no or only a few words? I think the answer is yes. Cartoons are a lot like poetry. They express an idea in a subtle way, even if the main point comes across directly. They make a person think. Different people can gain something different from the same cartoon. They take an idea and express it using imagery. A cartoon can get a person to feel something the same way a poem can.
Second, should writers “write” cartoons? If cartoons are in some way like writing, should this be another outlet? I also think the answer is yes. Cartoons are another way for a writer to express an idea and they can have advantages over other types of writing in expressing ideas. First, although often subtle, cartoons can be very direct. A simple picture gives the same idea as a long article. Second, sometimes a writer may have an idea but may not be able to turn it into an article or a poem. A cartoon can be a different way to express the idea.
I think that cartoons are writing and that writers should write cartoons. Cartoons can express ideas like poetry, provide another way for writers to be published, and provide a way for a writer to get involved in art.
Go write a cartoon.
M. Sakran has published short stories and essays.