Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Broomsticks and the Schulz Museum


Everyone at Diversion Press will be doing the happy Snoopy dance this September as one of their own is honored at the Charles M. Schulz Museum.

Diversion Press author and illustrator, Sean McHugh, has been invited to take part in The Cartoonist-in Residence Program at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa, California. McHugh will be Cartoonist of the Month in September of 2011.

Jessica Ruskin, Education Director of the museum, invited McHugh after reading a newspaper article about Broomsticks, the children's book from Diversion Press that McHugh illustrated and co-authored with Katie McHugh Parker. In the article, McHugh mentioned what an impact Schulz, the creator of Peanuts, had on his work and his life.

Founded in 2004 by the Charles M. Schulz Museum and the Northern California chapter of the National Cartoonist Society, The Cartoonist-in-Residence (CIR) Program helps fulfill the mission of "building an understanding of professional cartoonists and cartoon art."

" I am thrilled that Sean has been given this opportunity!" says Broomsticks co-author,Katie McHugh Parker. "Not only will this be a chance to showcase Broomsticks on the west coast, but it will also be a major milestone in the career of a most-deserving cartoonist."

To mark the occasion, Diversion Press has given special permission to McHugh and Parker's hometown newspaper, The Ledger independent, to publish twenty of the original Broomsticks comic strips from which the Diversion Press book was originated.

"This is another dream come true," says McHugh, "and I am so grateful to Diversion Press and The Ledger Independent for making this trip possible!"

McHugh will be at the museum on Saturday, September 10th from 1 to 3 PM. He will be showing examples of his work, discussing how he and Parker turned his comic strip into a children's book for Diversion Press, and will be promoting the release of their second DP book, Broomsticks:The Halloween Spirit!

The event will be followed by a Broomsticks book signing!

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