When Ohio State’s new Student Union opened back in 2010, I started receiving calls and emails from friends near and far. Long story short, thanks to OSU Cartoon Library/Museum curator Dr. Lucy Shelton Caswell, my cartoon artwork was included in the Union’s third floor Cartoon Conference Room. And these friends had visited the new Union during it’s opening weeks. Touring the new facility, they happened on the Cartoon Conference Room and were surprised to see my comic strip “George” on display.
Well, it’s taken me almost three years to make the visit to Ohio State to actually see my cartoon work on display. I’ve received lots of photos from friends and family of the display, but this was the very first time I had a chance to see it in person. (I took a road trip to OSU with my brother Tom and niece Kelly.)
Mark and Tom at OSU Cartoon Conference Room
It’s an absolutely wonderful honor! And it reminds me of what I heard during an address to incoming freshman way back in the fall of 1977, “Leave part of yourself behind.” In other words, get involved. Contribute something, large or small, to OSU which will help or inspire other students who follow. I made a promise to myself that I would do something to fulfill those words.
I’ve been lucky to have had the help and encouragement of my parents, family, fraternity brothers at Phi Kappa Tau, fellow students, and friends. Like any profession, my cartooning career has had its shares of ups and downs. Certainly many more ups than downs. This is definitely one of the ups. A huge up for sure.
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Weston and fellow OSU students with Alumnus and past Oval Frisbee tosser Mark Szorady (in the middle). Click to enlarge.
30 years ago, when I attended OSU, I threw a lot Frisbee on the Oval. During Spring Quarter, as soon as the weather warmed up, I carried my Frisbee to class just so I could toss it around with whichever friend or frat brother I met while crossing the oval.
Here it is 30 years later and, during a recent visit to the campus, I found myself crossing the Oval with my brother Tom. As we walked along, we happened to see a group of students tossing the Frisbee. Some things never change.
I don’t know how it happened, but Weston and his buddies gave me a couple of tosses….and I choked! I mean, I couldn’t throw that Frisbee into the ocean! I was 30 years out of practice for sure.
The last thing I heard before my disastrous showing was one of the guys calling out, “Let’s see what ya got, Dad!” All in good fun.
My brother Tom, his daughter Kelly, and I took a road trip to Columbus. On of the main reasons was to pay a visit to the new Ohio Union’s cartoon rooms to see my work on display. More on that on Thursday’s blog post.
We all bumped into each other at the Ohio Union a few hours later and the boys agreed to a photo with their “Dad.”
A real nice experience with some terrific students. The words of “Carmen Ohio” came to mind. ”Time an change will surely show, how firm thy friendship O-HI-O.”
Adrian Sinnott's latest book, "A Boy And His Sog."
Being a member of the National Cartoonists Society, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a lot ofreally wonderful talented cartoonists. One of the most talented, likable, gregarious, and all around good guys is Adrian Sinnott. Adrian is not only an amazingly talented cartoonist/illustrator and writer, he’s a wiz when it comes to anything and everything with Mac computers and Photoshop. Adrian is probably the dean of Photoshop and all the processes involved with it.
Which is why i’m so excited to let my blog readers know about Adrian’s newest Ebook. It’s called “A Boy and His Sog.” It’s available on the iTunes store, amazon.com, and other outlets for all tablets and Ereaders . Given Adrian’s artistic and digital expertise, the artwork is going to look GORGEOUS on your iPad or Android tablet. (So you’ll want to get it for your iPad/tablet to see all the beautiful color).
It’s a wonderful and engaging story with Adrian’s characteristically fun art. And it has a terrific price of only 99 cents!
If you’re looking for a terrific story with delightful artwork for your iPad or Android device, download Adrian’s book today. One reader has already posted a five-star review saying, “Love this book!” You will, too!
Thanks for stopping by to read classic George comic strips! If you want to read NEW George strips plus great comic panels like Double Take, Word Ladder, word Pile, and I Knew That!, contact your local newspaper and ask them to pick up the Georgetoon package from georgetoon.com!