Congratulations to James Kochalka, Vermont Cartoonist Laureate!


Vermont Cartoonist LaureateVermont Cartoonist Laureate Congratulations to James Kochalka, who has just been picked as Vermont’s first Cartoonist Laureate! (Alaska is the only other State to have picked a Cartoonist Laureate before: Chad Carpenter was recognized in 2008.) The position officially starts March 10, but you can read the official announcement from the Center for Cartoon Studies.

They explain:

[T]he cartoonist laureate is a person whose primary residence is Vermont, whose work manifests a high degree of excellence, who has produced a critically acclaimed body of work, and who has a long association with Vermont.

Not only is this very cool news for Kochalka, who has created some comics for kids and plenty for adults as well, but I’d say it’s a leap forward for comics geeks. There have always been arguments about the cultural worth of comics, but having a Cartoonist Laureate and a Center for Cartoon Studies shows that Vermont is headed in the right direction.

So, big congrats to both Kochalka and Vermont — and may other cartoonists and states be inspired by this news!

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