Cartoonists Day - May
Sun, May 5, 2024

Cartoonists Day

Cartoonists Day is an American holiday dedicated to cartoonists and all the artists who make the effort to create cartoons, comics. It’s a very difficult creative job. It is necessary to make the characters as well-drawn as possible, able to convey their emotions, feelings and other things. It is celebrated annually on May 5.


The history of cartoonists’ development goes back to 1943, when a group consisting of G. Edson, B. Dunn, D. Russell and others began creating cartoon shows to entertain WWII soldiers during hospital treatment and rehabilitation after wounds. The popularity of such events grew, and in 1946 it was decided to create the N.C.S. organization, which would allow cartoonists of varying skill levels to develop in this field.

Cartoonists Day itself was created much later – in 1999. The main goals of the holiday are to encourage more talented people to create newspaper sketches, cartoons, comic strips, and to thank all cartoonists for their contribution to the formation of cultural heritage.

Interesting facts

  • A mischievous boy first appeared in the New York World in 1895 and became the hero of the comics published in the newspaper. This edition can be considered the first cartoon newspaper.
  • The newspaper comic strip became better known as “The Yellow Kid.
  • The real popularity of comics came with the superhero series from Marvel and DC. Marvel comics, for example, were first published in 1961.

How to celebrate

Congratulate familiar cartoonists on their holiday. Try drawing comic book characters or creating a cartoon yourself. Watch instructional videos or read articles. Read your favorite comics or watch cartoons.

Spread the word about the holiday on social media. Let more people know about it.

When is Cartoonists Day celebrated in 2024?

Cartoonists Day is observed on May 5 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Sunday May 5 2024
Monday May 5 2025