Q. How can I use your cartoons?

A. In presentations, newsletters, advertising/promotion, direct mail, technical manuals, on T-shirts, coffee mugs, mouse pads, in journals, magazines, corporate reports... Okay, your turn to come up with a few.

Q. How much do you charge for your cartoons?

A. Cartoons are priced according to how they're being used.

For specific prices, choose a cartoon and follow the prompts to purchase. Once the cartoon appears in your shopping cart, the price will appear. You have the option of clearing your shopping cart at this point if you choose.

For all other uses contact us and give us a detailed account of how you wish to use the cartoon. Please be as specific as possible, including estimates of viewership, whether you want black and white or 4-color art, how long the artwork will be in circulation, and any other specifics of usage. We'll get back to you with a quote.

Q. Do you provide a discount for non profit organizations?

A. Yes. If you provide the appropriate Tax ID number when you create your account, an automatic discount will be applied to your order. 

Q. How do I find the cartoon I'm looking for and buy it?

A. You can search for a cartoon under the Cartoon Topics section or a keyword search. Click on the thumbnail to see a larger version.

From this window you can then Buy a Cartoon for use in PowerPoint presentations, newsletters, and Websites: 

1. Select your usage from the drop down menu.
2. Select further usage from the drop down menu, then select Buy Cartoon.
From there you can continue shopping or buy your cartoon.

A high resolution .png image will be downloaded to your computer for print usage.
A lower resolution file will be downloaded to your computer for PowerPoint and Web usage.

If you have problems with any of the image files contact us. 

Q. Are all of your cartoons on your Web Site?

A.  No, we have an extensive archive. Contact us if you don't see a specific topic you're interested in. 

Q. Are your cartoons also available in color?

A. Some, but not all cartoons are available in color. An additional fee may apply. (See cartoon usage page for color sample). Contact us with your request. 

 Q. Can you create a new cartoon for my company?

A. Yes. Let us know what kind of cartoon you're looking for, how it will be used, and how quickly you need it and we'll get back to you with a quote.

Q. I've seen your cartoons in the For Dummies books. If I want to use a cartoon from a Dummies book, do I contact you or the publisher of the Dummies books?

A. Contact us. Rich Tennant holds the copyright for all of The 5th Wave cartoons appearing in all of the For Dummies books. Any use of the cartoons appearing in the For Dummies books must be referred to this studio to determine the appropriate licensing terms.

Q. If I plan to use one of your cartoons in a newsletter just within my company, and I'm not selling the newsletter, do I have to get a copyright release and pay a fee?

A. Yes. Copyrighted material is copyrighted material. Even if you're a non-profit organization and you're putting it in a free newsletter handed out just within your company, to do so without obtaining a copyright release is breaking the law.
See: http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl102.html

Q. Can I make a change to one of your cartoons?

A. Not without permission. Please contact us and we'll approve and make the change for you. Changes to artwork may incur an additional fee.

Q. Can I purchase one of your original cartoons?

A. I don't currently sell my original cartoons. Prints, both black and white and 4-color, are available for sale through this website.

Q. Where did you come up with the name, "The 5th Wave"?

A. It refers to the book "Future Shock", by Alvin Toffler in which the author lists the stages of human societal development in waves, e.g., the agricultural age (the 1st wave), the industrial age (the 2nd wave), and the current information age (the 3rd wave). My cartoons at the time (1981) dealt exclusively with computers and technology so I thought I'd reference Toffler's waves in naming the panel. Unfortunately through a series of missteps and miscommunications my feature first appeared in a daily newspaper (The San Jose Mercury News) as The 5th Wave. Last minute attempts to correct the wave number proved fruitless and it's been The 5th Wave ever since.


IF you are experiencing any difficulties with your order, please contact Cindy@the5thwave.com