Los Angeles, CA (PressExposure) March 20, 2008 -- Cartoonist/entrepreneur Rick London announced today from his Los Angeles HQ that he is moving his Londons Times Cartoons business to Santa Fe, N.M. London said, "Before people start asking 'why', it is for a myriad of reasons.
One is, it is more conducive to the type of creativity that we do. Yes, Los Angeles is a terrific town for creative projects, but it is an 'industry town' and a very busy one at that. And the industry is movies and television. We are in the cartoon and cartoon merchandising business. We enjoy the creation process and like being in a non-hectic environment without the brutal deadlines (most of which we've already met), to complete our projects."
London started his cartoon empire in an abandoned Mississippi warehouse in 1997, with no backing after his mom died and he lost his job in sales. He had no idea where it would go, but felt it was something to do until he landed another job.
Little to his surprise it would take on a life of its own and eventually become the largest and most visited offbeat cartoon site on the Internet, and highest-ranked of its kind by Alexa.com.
London has also managed to launch 11 e-stores featuring items such as hoodies, clocks, t-shirts, aprons, Christmas ornaments, mouse pads, framed tiles, pen holders, and many other gifts and collectibles, even the world's first line of cartoon gourmet coffee gift baskets at his main Londons Times Superstore. In all, his stores feature over 100,000 items bearing his cartoon images. And he started the whole project with $300, a book called "Internet For Dummies" a phone line with dial-up Internet, a free sub-domain, and a used clone computer. That was a decade ago. It remains a private entity with no other backers and partners. London says he kept it that way to keep prices down on people wanting publishing rights and for discounted gift prices which remain.