It was in the sixth grade I discovered my “superpower” of creativity – more specifically, drawing cartoons that made people laugh. One day, a classmate of mine told me he would pay me one dollar to draw a cartoon of our teacher. Because it was a lot of money, I rushed to my task. He was happy, I was rich, and the teacher, who immediately recognized herself, was furious! The cartoon must have been great because that same day I got to meet the principal.
Junior High School was where I really started my career. I drew for the Junior High School paper and a monthly newsletter. After school, my best friend, I shared a paper route. While waiting for our bundles, we would sit and talk about our plans in life, and I shared my dream of becoming a professional cartoonist. To my surprise, he was very pessimistic about the idea; he said I would never get published. I decided to prove him wrong.
With a handful of cartoons, I rode my bicycle to my local newspaper, the Warwick Beacon. I was lucky enough to meet the editor, who was very encouraging and told me I had talent. He said if I could “polish up” the cartoons I had with me, he would give me a shot. I went home and “polished” away.
I did not realize it at the time, but I was very fortunate to get considered for publication at that age. I have been drawing cartoons for magazines and newspapers ever since. I have also had the opportunity to create comics for other projects, including billboards, a children’s book, and a major art festival.
I have appeared in publications like The Providence Journal, Vero Press, Jupiter Courier, Abilene Reporter-News, Cranston Herald, Naples Daily News, Port St. Lucie News, Stuart News along with my weekly feature in the Warwick Beacon for several years.
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