Doug Sneyd, are clearly just about fine artists, though their work is in the form of a gag cartoon. Now, all three groups — animators, comic strip cartoonists, and gag cartoonists — sort of do the same thing. Draw simplified pictures. A lot of languages use some form of 'caricature' to designate all three, but 'caricature' has a special, narrower meaning in English. And there simply aren't any words out there that are borrowable into Ceqli.
And this leads me to think that I need a word for cartoon, and compound words to indicate all three, and maybe eventually even more fine-tuned classifications. Let's say we have:
tun - is-a-simplified drawing, usually humorous in some way, but not necessarily. Simply a shortening of the English word which is used in a few other languages.
zinatun - a magazine cartoon. That covers me and all the artists in New Yorker and other magazines.
jurnaltun - newspaper cartoon. That covers comic strips in newspapers, as well as single-panel cartoons, like "Ziggy," that appear in newspapers.
tunfilm - an animated cartoon, or cartoon film, or an "anime," a word we get from Japanese.
paneltun - a single-panel cartoon, wherever it's printed.
stritun - a comic strip cartoon, stri meaning a long thin thing.
Having decided all that, and deciding that the base root should mean is-a-cartoon and not makes-cartoons, I see that I need a word for "worker" to append to tun to mean "cartoonist." I say 'worker,' because many languages use -ist, but that's too broad, what with artist, Buddhist, anarchist. Too many meanings. I want a word that doesn't just mean cartoon-maker, but cartoon-worker. Someone whose job or profession is making, or somehow dealing with, cartoons. It would work in such compounds as build-worker, office-worker, government-worker, health-worker, shoe-worker. So let's take kam from Hindi, to mean 'do work,' or 'be a worker.' So...
Go tunkam. I'm a cartoonist.
Go zinatunkam. I'm a magazine cartoonist.
Go tunfar. I make cartoons. But a lot of people do that, but it's not their job. Note that kam doesn't mean "make professionally," but has a broader meaning of doing work that has something to do with the root word. In the case of cartoons, a cartoon worker is also a cartoon maker, but an office worker doesn't make offices. If you say
Go tunkam. And you're asked, "Oh, do you print cartoon books?' You'd say
Bu. Go hwey tun. "No, I draw cartoons."