Presenter will be Rick Stromoski. He will discuss his career as a humorous illustrator and syndicated cartoonist, and how he generated commissioned work from art directors in all avenues of publishing. He will also discuss contracts, licensing, and artists rights.
Rick’s work has appeared in national magazines, children’s and humor books, newspapers, licensed products, national advertising and network television. His greeting cards have become best-sellers for Recycled Paper Greetings, Paramount Cards, Renaissance Greetings, Marcel Schurman, Marian Heath and West Graphics. He has received nominations for the prestigious Louie Award for outstanding greeting card design nine times and has won on four occasions. He has been nominated for his illustration work by the National Cartoonists Society 12 times and was awarded the Reuben division award for best greeting cards in 1995 and 1998, and for magazine gag cartoons in 1999. Elected to the board of the National Cartoonists Society in 1997, he has served as First Vice President and Membership Chairman, and was elected President by the NCS membership in 2005.
Rick has illustrated books for MacMillan, Workman, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Candlewick Press, McGraw-Hill, Andrews McMeel Publishing, Grolier, Golden Books, Scholastic, Random House and others His syndicated daily comic feature, Soup to Nutz, appears in over 150 newspapers across the country. It has been syndicated for 14 years and has compiled 2 book collections of his strip entitled “Soup to Nutz, The First Course” and “Soup to Nutz, A Second Helping”.
Rick is also an award-winning winemaker, primarily producing German varietals. His wines have won medals including Best of Show in several national and local competitions.
Rick, his wife Danna and daughter Molly, their dog Lucy and cats Sox and Shoes, live in the historic district of Suffield, Connecticut.