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Cartoonists and judges Katie Fricas & Ruth Chan
Cartoonists and judges Katie Fricas & Ruth Chan

A Celebration of Young Cartoonists

Friday, February 10, 2023

Last fall, a call was issued to young members of the Library to submit comics to our Inaugural Young Cartoonists Awards. The works were judged by a panel of professional cartoonists: Katie Fricas, Ruth Chan, and George O’Connor.

On February 6th, winners, their families, and curious others gathered in the Members Room for a celebration honoring the participants.

Visitors browsed a small gallery of works where they could leave comments about the winning entries.


Books written and illustrated by judges were displayed along with other popular graphic novels.

Refreshments were enjoyed by all, especially the cupcakes!


As the audience trickled in, people amused themselves with a do-it-yourself photobooth.

Brief remarks were made once everyone had arrived. The judges, including George O'Connor, pictured below, then shared a few words about their lives as cartoonists providing inspiration to these budding artists. Head of the Library Carolyn Waters closed the celebration with another round of thanksgiving.

Our thanks to the members who participated, the judges and staff who helped us pull off this first-time event, the friends, family, and curious comics fans who came out to support the artists. We look forward to seeing you next year!

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