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Friday, June 03, 2005

Now it Can be Told!

PRESS RELEASE
Pauls Valley, OK - October 15th will mark the opening of The Oklahoma
Cartoonists Collection in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. The collection will
be a part of, and open in conjunction with, the town’s Toy and
Action Figure Museum, a public 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Currently, 25 Oklahoma cartoonists have been found whose work will be
included in the collection, including Archie Goodwin, Chester Gould,
Jack & Carole Bender, Russ Myers, Dan Piraro, Dave Simpson, Chan Lowe,
and Zack Mosely. Any professional artist or writer who worked
directly with an Oklahoma cartoonist is also eligible for associate
status. Many associates are already connected with the project.

Oklahoma cartoonists eligible to be represented must have worked in
a professional capacity in comic books, strips, editorial cartoons,
magazine cartoons or sports cartoons while living in Oklahoma, or
have been born in the state. If you meet these requirements, are
a fan who may have artwork to contribute, or simply wish more
information, please contact Michael Vance for details at
miklvance@yahoo.com, or by mail at 1427 S. Delaware Ave., Tulsa, OK, 74104. Donations are tax deductible.

A little over a week ago, I mentioned some news coming up that would be of specific interest to Oklahoma fans of the comics/comic strip industry. Well, this is it. This press release just went out to many different comics news outlets within the last hour. The news is exciting on many levels, and I take a bit of pride in being a part of it.

The Toy and Action Figure Museum was the subject of an interview I did a while back. Michael Vance read it, and wondered if the town of Pauls Valley would be interested in undertaking the Cartoonists Museum as a part of the facility. Michael already had a good deal of the original art and displays, as the museum was originally to be located in Pawnee, Oklahoma, the birthplace of Chester Gould, creator of Dick Tracy. For whatever reason, however, someone in Pawnee decided not to undertake the project. So, a quick communique to Kevin Stark, the contact person for the Action Figure Museum, resulted in an agreement to meet with the town council, and the rest is history.

Can't wait 'til October 15th!!