Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Crowded Comics?
- Why did you create Crowded Comics?
- Is Crowded Comics part of a political organization?
- Do your cartoons advocate a specific position?
- I saw a political advertisement on your site. Does Crowded Comics support or endorse that organization/cause/candidate?
- I am not able to create a caption or comment. Why not?
- What is the King?
- What is localization?
- How do I change my account password, update my preferences, or control what appears on my public profile?
- How do I delete my account?
- I am having problems viewing this site. What do I do?
- My caption/comment was edited/removed? Why?
- I wrote an awesome caption last week/month, but now I can’t find it. Where is it?
- I drew a great cartoon/caricature. Can I contribute it to Crowded Comics?
- How do I become a cartoonist for Crowded Comics?
- How do I become an employee or intern at Crowded Comics?
- I work for a newspaper/news site, and we’d like to syndicate your content. Is that possible?
- I work for a publishing house, and we’d like to license a cartoon to include in a book/publication. Is that possible?
- How do I advertise on Crowded Comics?
- Can you link to my site, or can we trade promotional links?
- I have a question that is not answered here. What do I do?
What is Crowded Comics?
Crowded Comics is a technology and media startup company that is revolutionizing and democratizing the editorial cartoon by crowdsourcing poignant and funny captions and punch lines. Every caption can be voted on by our registered users, thereby putting the power of opinion into the hands of our users. For more information about our company, please see our Company Overview.Why did you create Crowded Comics?
Based on recent polls, discontent with the American political landscape is near an all-time high, and we are seeing similar trends in other democracies across the globe. People on both the right and the left disagree on many issues, but they often share the common frustration of feeling that their voice is never heard. Crowded Comics is designed to help raise political and social engagement and give our users a platform for their voices and different opinions.Is Crowded Comics part of a political organization?
No. Crowded Comics is an independent, nonpartisan private technology and media company. It is our goal to create an open forum where editorial cartoons are used as the centerpiece for increasing political and social engagement and discussion. Opinions and jokes from all positions of the political spectrum are welcome and encouraged.Do your cartoons advocate a specific position?
Crowded Comics does not take a stance on any specific political issues. Our base cartoons are intended to reflect and interpret news headlines – and give users across the political spectrum (and from all sides of an issue) a platform for sharing and expressing their different opinions, captions, and punch lines. As users add captions and customize cartoons, they are welcome to advocate any position they choose, but these positions are those of our different users – not Crowded Comics.I saw a political advertisement on your site. Does Crowded Comics support or endorse that organization/cause/candidate?
In order to use certain site features, including voting or creating captions and comments, you must be a registered user, and you must be logged in. Registration is free. Please register and begin contributing!What is the King?
Every registered user can up-vote or down-vote any caption that appears on our site. Although you can change your mind and change your vote, you can only cast one vote for every caption. At any point in time, the caption with the highest number of votes is crowned the King – because we’re that democratic! Great captions get more up-votes. However, if you want your caption to be crowned the King and featured on our home page, you can also share your cartoon with your friends -- and encourage them to vote for you.
We enable our users to customize cartoons with their own captions, and we’re partnering with news and media sources to localize the editorial cartoons that they feature. If your local newspaper syndicates our cartoons, they can feature local captions in their print edition, and you will be able to see the opinions – and punch lines – of people in your own community. Remember, all politics is local -- and now your opinions and captions can be too.How do I change my account password, update my preferences, or control what appears on my public profile?
Log into your account and click on the Your Account link at the top right of the page. On the Your Account page you can update your account information, set your preferences, choose an avatar, and control what appears on your profile.How do I delete my account?
We would hate to see you go! To delete your account, log into your account and click on the Your Account link at the top right of the page. On the Your Account page, there is an option to delete your account. When you delete your account, you will no longer be able to log in or contribute content to Crowded Comics. All of your historic captions and comments will remain in our system, but they will no longer be linked to you.I am having problems viewing this site. What do I do?
Crowded Comics was developed and tested to be cross-browser compatible, but it uses some elements of HTML 5 that are not supported by old browser versions. We encourage you to upgrade to the latest free version of the browser you prefer.My caption/comment was edited/removed? Why?
We want to keep Crowded Comics as open and democratic as possible. However, as both a business and a platform that serves many different people of different ages and diverse views, we need to maintain the quality and integrity of our products. At times, this may mean editing or removing content that we believe lowers the quality of Crowded Comics.
Also, per our Terms of Service, users are not allowed to submit certain types of content, including any libelous, defamatory, offensive, pornographic, abusive, or otherwise illegal material. Crowded Comics reserves the right to edit, modify, or remove any content at our sole discretion.I wrote an awesome caption last week/month, but now I can’t find it. Where is it?
You can browse through all of your historic captions by visiting your public profile, which serves as the archive for all of the great (and not so great) captions that you submit. You can access your public profile by going to Your Account or by clicking on your username next to any caption/comment that you submit. If you don’t want to browse, but you remember the caption, enter it into our site search engine to find it.I drew a great cartoon/caricature. Can I contribute it to Crowded Comics?
Yes! If you have already created a cartoon/caricature, it has not been published elsewhere, and you are interested in seeing it appear on our site, please first double check our Terms of Service as it relates to submissions. You can submit your cartoon to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We receive a lot of submissions, and we try to respond to as many as possible – but we are not able to respond to or publish everything. Publication decisions are made at our sole discretion.How do I become a cartoonist for Crowded Comics?
We are always looking for skilled freelance cartoonists to join our network. Freelance cartoonists are assigned specific cartoons to create and are paid a per cartoon fee. If you are interested in becoming a freelance cartoonist, please refer to our Jobs page.How do I become an employee or intern at Crowded Comics?
Please refer to our Jobs page for more information.I work for a newspaper/news site, and we’d like to syndicate your content. Is that possible?
Yes! You can find more information about some of our offerings on our Partners page. Please use our Contact page to send us a note (Category: Media Partners), and we can give you more details and set up an account for you.I work for a publishing house, and we’d like to license a cartoon to include in a book/publication. Is that possible?
Yes! Please use our Contact page to send us a note (Category: Media Partners), and we can set up an account for you to license and download your chosen image.How do I advertise on Crowded Comics?
Please send us a note on our Contact page (Category: Advertising), and we will contact you with more details.Can you link to my site, or can we trade promotional links?
Maybe. Please send us the details in a note on our Contact page, and we will contact you to discuss.I have a question that is not answered here. What do I do?
Please drop your question in a note and send it to us on our Contact page.