Summit County Library and Unionized Cartoonist Rick Stromoski Ready to Host Virtual “Let’s Draw Monsters”


Unionized cartoonist Rick Stromoski and the Summit County Library will host “Let’s Draw Monsters,” a virtual drawing class on Friday.
Courtesy of Rick Stomoski

The Summit County Library and the Unionized Cartoonist Rick stromoski plan to get kids into the Halloween spirit with the “Drawing Monsters” workshop.

The free Zoom session will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, October 22, and registration, along with the Zoom link, is now open on the library’s website, said Kirsten Nilsson, Kimball Branch Youth Services Librarian. Junction.

“Rick will be doing a drawing class for our school-aged clients,” Nilsson said. “Older children and their parents are also welcome to participate. “

Stromoski, a former president of the National Cartoonists Society, will draw with the children, while showing them how to create ghosts, vampires, werewolves, goblins and other creepy and frightening creatures, according to Nilsson.

No drawing experience is necessary, and all children need to participate are drawing paper and utensils, she said.

“Rick is really good at explaining exactly what to draw and how to do it,” Nilsson said. “He explains things in a way and describes things in a way the kids will know what to do. It’s totally on their terms, and even small children can do it too. “

One of the things Nilsson loves is the way two-time National Cartoonists Society Greeting Card Award winner Stromoski interacts with children.

“On Zoom, all of the children’s names are on screen and the feed is live,” she said. “So he will address the children by name and ask them to show what they have done. There are a lot of interactions. “

Friday’s Zoom course isn’t the first time Stromoski has held a drawing class for the Summit County Library, Nilsson said.

“He did a titled ‘Let’s Draw Animals’ in the spring, just before the summer readings started,” she said. “We were trying to do something online because of COVID, and he emailed us to do an online course. Most of the writers were showing up and talking about his books, but when COVID hit he had to pivot and decided to take classes. “

Nilsson said she was “drawn” to Stromoski through her work, which has appeared in national magazines, advertisements, children’s publications, newspapers and television stations.

Stromoski is known for his syndicated comics “Mullets” and “Soup to Nutz”.

He is a self-taught artist whose influences include Mad Don Martin magazine artists, Jack Davis, Sergio Aragones, Al Jaffee, and Mort Drucker, to name a few, Nilsson said.

“All of her drawings seemed really accessible, and it was something I wanted to draw as a kid,” she said. “I actually took the class in the spring, and it gave me ideas for drawing cute things. “

While the kids will have the chance to draw cute monsters and ghouls, they will also have the chance to make them scary during the workshop, Nilsson said.

“Rick likes to tell kids to make their teeth more jagged and add blood here and there,” she said.

Stromoski’s workshop continues the Summit County Library’s tradition of hosting Halloween-themed events in October, according to Nilsson.

“Since we always do something fun for the kids on Halloween, we thought it would be a good thing this year, because while we would love to have in-person programming, we’re not ready,” he said. she declared.

The online format also allows children who might not otherwise have access to the Summit County Library to participate in a library program, Nilsson said.

“You don’t need a library card to do this,” she said. “We’ve had kids from all over the county who signed up for the spring session, and when you think about it, people all over the world can register. It’s gonna be really fun.

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