I have books of cartoons that I drew over the years as a kid and as a teenager. I'll put some more up at some point...if I can bring myself to do it. I wouldn't mind sharing the crappy art with you...it's just that some of the gags are really embarrassing. (Actually, I think the way the little girl in the middle of the top panel is drawn...bending over and covering her eyes...is not bad)
I've been approached at different times by very enthusiastic parents about teaching cartooning to their kid. (I don't do this...maybe some time I'll do some workshops but at the moment, I don't have the time or the inclination) What has struck me most of the time, is how UNENTHUSIASTIC the kids are.
I've seen the kids grimace at their parents and shirk away while they ask me about teaching or if I know anyone who teaches. I've been at community festivals where I would draw with kids and some of them cry in despair because they can't draw the way that I draw. (And I don't try to make them draw like me...but they try to mimic my style and can't do it and get very frustrated because they feel they're "not good enough".)
It drives me crazy...the pressure that's exerted on kids to IMPROVE! and LEARN! for a past time that they enjoy.
I'm not dissing workshops and classroom lessons. I think they're great to give kids an opportunity to try new things. And if your kid WANTS to take a workshop, then I'd say FIND ONE FOR THEM TO ATTEND!
But, my biggest advice to the very enthusiastic parents of kids who like to draw cartoons (or any kind of drawing) is this:
Buy them wads and wads of paper and pencils and pens and Sharpies and whatever else is their drawing tool of choice....AND LEAVE THEM ALONE.
Let them draw whatever they want. Weird perspective, inaccurate body dimensions, scratchy nothingness, uneven lettering...whatever and however they doodle, it's not wrong or something to be "improved upon". Let them have fun. Let them be immersed in their own world. Let them be minimalist or realistic or crazy-detailed or mimic other cartoonists.
And if you are so very enthusiatic that you can not bring yourself to let your child JUST DRAW in whatever way they want because you feel they MUST IMPROVE, allow me to offer this insight:
No matter what direction or lesson your child receives, there is only one way your kid will really develop their talent. And that's to draw. So if they're having fun doodling, stand back and let them go...they're way ahead of the crowd.