My history and cartoonist journey
I was born in Florida, but I found it too hot, so at 4yrs old, I moved my parents to Rhode Island. My favorite pastime was drawing, and in the sixth grade, I discovered my real talent potential. A classmate of mine told me he would pay me one dollar to draw a picture 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! She must have been impressed because that same day, I got to meet the principal.
Junior High School was where I really started my cartooning career. I drew for the Junior High School monthly newspaper. At the time, my friend, Rob, and I shared a paper route, which is where I dreamed about becoming a professional cartoonist.
We talked about it all the time, but he was very negative about the idea. He often said I would never get published, and I decided to prove him wrong. With a handful of cartoons strapped to my bicycle rack, I rode three miles to my local newspaper, the Warwick Beacon.
I walked into the lobby as if I knew what the hell I was doing (I didn't). In fact, it was probably my stupidity and tenacity that got me the opportunity to meet the publisher, John Howell, without an appointment. He graciously lied to me and said I had some talent, and if I would polish up a few cartoons, he'd be glad to publish them for me. I went home and "polished" away.
I returned a week later with some polished cartoons that I thought were funny, and to my surprise, he agreed to publish them. Apparently, the readers shared my sense of humor because within a month, my comic feature, Andy's Antics, was established.
That's where I am today - drawing cartoons on virtual paper to be consumed digitally. I hope you enjoy them, and if they make you laugh, I hope you consider purchasing prints or merchandise. At the very least, please share them with your friends.
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