As an artist, when you're ready to sell your work in the marketplace, it's always better if you're already well-known enough to have the agents coming to you instead of you going to them. But it is a rare artist that gets this privilege, the rest of the crowd has to submit material to many agents and agencies and wade through many rejection slips before landing an agent who is willing to take a chance on your work. Here are some helpful tips below to get you headed in the right direction. Remember, the more work you have published, the better chance an agent will take you on as their client.
You need to assemble a portfolio, and/or have a website dedicated to your published work. This will give the agents something to hold in their hands, or a link to take a look at some of your material.
Both of these organizations have resources for finding agents for cartoonists (see Resources below):
Association of American Editorial Cartoonists 3899 N. Front St. Harrisburg, PA 17110 (717) 703-3069
Graphic Artists Guild 32 Broadway, Suite 1114 New York, NY 10004 (212) 791-3400
Buy a current copy of the Guide to Literary Agents. Highlight the agencies that take on cartoonists and send query letters/email/sample work. To make it easier on yourself and them, be sure to submit only to agencies who are looking for your style of cartooning.
Check out the links below to different agencies, including the Writer's Guild which lists accredited agents who are taking new clients. Don't be afraid to take on some of the top cartoon agencies, like Elaine Markson Literary Agency in New York, for example.
Be wary of agencies requesting a fee. Agents should work for a percentage of your work once they help sell you.