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Aspiring Cartoonist
Aspiring Cartoonist
Item IDEgyptian19680601Aspiring.tif
TitleAspiring Cartoonist
AuthorEgyptian
DescriptionSIU Student Back At Drawing Board
Original Publication SourceDaily Egyptian
Date1968 June 1
Volume49
Issue158
SectionEducation
Page(s)13
Digital File Format.TIF (Tagged Image Format)
Digital File PublisherSpecial Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
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CollectionDaily Egyptian Diversity News Archive (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
TranscriptAspiring Cartoonist

SIU Student Back At Drawing Board

A successful cartoonist is a daily slave to work, and Charles R. Johnson is happy to be back at his drawing board which has been gathering dust for the past several weeks while three sore fingers healed.
Johnson is a sophomore majoring in philosophy, but he is better known on campus for his occasional work on the Gus Bode series and other cartoons in the Daily Egyptian. Until recently he drew cartoons for the Moo and Crackle advertisements.
"I got my fingers caught in a door and for a while there I thought I might not be able to draw. I'm happy to be back in action again, " said the 20-year-old student from Evanston.
"I have always like to draw, but cartoons have been my best media, " he said. "I studied for two years under Lawrence Lariar, the cartoon editor of Parade Magazine, and this helped me quite a bit."
"While I was in high school I thought that a little professional work would help. I was a staff cartoonist for a weekly paper in my home town, The Evanstonian, " Johnson said.
"When I came to Southern, I wanted to do some work in cartoons, " he said, "so I came to the Daily Egyptian office the second day I was here. I did some of the cartoons for the Gus Bode series and do other occasional work for the paper."
Johnson does not limit himself to work on the Egyptian. He has done a few cover pictures for "Grassroots Editor, " a bi-monthly journal for editorial writers.
"I have sold some of my cartoons, " said Johnson. "I recently sold 12 comic book scripts to Charlton Comics and two cartoons to a men's magazine."
Johnson said that most of his ideas come from current events, but that often they will come "off the top of my head." "At other times someone will give me a suggestion and I'll work from that, " he said.
When asked about his future in cartooning, he said, "It's pretty hard to get into the big business. For evry 1, 000 strips, there is usually only one that will be picked up by the syndicated comics.
"After I graduate, I'd like to see if I could get my own strip, but if that fails I can go into teaching philosophy." He was quick to add however, "I'll have to take better care of these fingers."
LanguageEnglish
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