During the 1990s the National Cartoonist Society named May 5th the Cartoonist Day. It was launched to celebrate every cartoonist in the industry. Their ink, humor and art serve as an important development in history and entertainment. The day is meant to promote the impact they have in society, the importance of cartoons in children, and to be promoted in schools to encourage artistry and reading.
The highly regarded organization of the National Cartoonist Society was banded in 1946 to entertain the troops and is currently compromised of the best and most diverse cartoonist in the field. They chose this day to commemorate the cartoonist Richard F. Outcault, the man considered to be the inventor of modern comic strips. On May 5, 1895 he published Hogan's Alley, which revolutionized comic strips in newspapers by its introduction to colors. His comic strip was a phenomenon that increased sales, formed newspaper competition, boosted creativity in other artists, and gathered new readers.