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TheCartoonistStudio.com, a new Web site where fans can interact with the professional cartoon artists who create their favorite cartoons, is offering an opportunity for amateur cartoonists to showcase their talent and be discovered.
TheCartoonistStudio.com features an amateur cubicle to help identify new talent and give them a venue to be viewed alongside professional cartoonists.†For many new cartoonists and illustrators, TheCartoonistStudio.com will open doors that otherwise might not have been opened at all.
As part of its search for emerging cartoonists, TheCartoonistStudio.com is sponsoring an amateur contest. Amateur submissions can be uploaded to the Web site until Feb. 27. After that date, visitors to TheCartoonistStudio.com will be able to vote on the winning entry.†The winner of the contest will be awarded a development contract with Creators Syndicate, offering the opportunity for a talented amateur to join the ranks of professional cartoonists.
ìThereís a wealth of highly talented emerging cartoon artists, but itís very difficult for them to make inroads with a distribution syndicate to get their works in print,î Peter Guren, the cartoonist behind the popular ìAsk Shaggî cartoon and chairman of TheCartoonistStudio.com, said.†
ìOur hope is that our Web siteís amateur cubicle will become a widely recognized forum for emerging cartoonists and give them a venue to showcase their talent online in an era of shrinking opportunities at traditional print media outlets.
ìWe view ourselves as the ëAmerican Idolí of the cartoonistsí world,î Guren added. ìWe already have received contest submissions from dozens of amateur cartoonists who have uploaded their work to our site, and much of it is fantastic.î
Nearly two dozen cartoonists joined together to form TheCartoonistStudio.com as a way to bring them closer to their fans who enjoy cartoons that have traditionally been viewed only in print. TheCartoonistStudio.com offers a one-stop way to connect with cartoonists and provide feedback about characters, story lines and humor.
Guren said TheCartoonistStudio.com evolved as a result of the increasing popularity of social media outlets and other online forums that foster interaction between consumers and the brands they cherish, which in this case, are cartoons.†He is quick to point out, however, that TheCartoonistStudio.com is not a replacement for traditional print media.
ìOur fans should have no worries about not seeing their favorite strips in the newspapers,î Guren said. ìCartoons will be available on our Web site.†Fans will, however, be able to delve more into their favorites with the ability to literally see the spaces where we create our work as well as purchase limited edition drawings, books and rare memorabilia.î
In addition to Guren, other cartoonists presently featured at TheCartoonistStudio.com are:† Chuck Ayers (Crankshaft), Tom Batiuk (Funky Winkerbean/Crankshaft), Ray Billingsley (Curtis), Chip Bok (editorial cartoons), Jenny Campbell (Flo and Friends), Dave Coverly (Speed Bump), Brian Crane (Pickles), Jan Eliot (Stone Soup), Greg Evans (Luann), John Hambrock (The Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee), Bill Hinds (Tank McNamara), Jeff Keane (The Family Circus), Rick Kirkman (Baby Blues), Mike Luckovich (editorial cartoons), Mark Parisi (Off the Mark), Hilary Price (Rhymes with Orange),† Dan Reynolds (greeting cards illustrator), Tom Richman (MAD Magazine) and Jerry Scott (Baby Blues).
For more information, visit www.thecartooniststudio.com.

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