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Saturday, 05 February 2011 00:00 Newsflashes - GFP News

Internationally Syndicated Cartoonist Returns To Alma Mater, 30 Years Later.

Michael Pohrer (MJ)
; one of the National Free Press' Editorial Cartoonists returned to his Alma Mater, Francis Howell located in Weldon Springs, Missouri on January 6th, 2011.

The Francis Howell Alumnus graduated in 1981 with the 100th Anniversary Class. There were two presentations in the schools auditorium discussing illustration / cartooning and all that it entails to the student body and faculty members. Including "Live Cartooning" on stage with the help of the students, and also "Live Drawing" of some editorial cartoons.

In between the two presentations were "Meet and Greets" with the students on a more direct individual classroom setting situation. For in depth discussions along with a hands-on illustrating / cartooning approach with those enrolled into the varied art courses that are currently available. 


Monday, 06 December 2010 00:00 Newsflashes - GFP News

Jennett won 2nd place for Best Original Editorial Cartoon, Daily & Non-daily Division in the National Newspaper Association’s 2010 Better Newspaper Contest and Better Newspaper Advertising Contest.

Judges comment: "I think this cartoon successfully conveys the feelings all Americans have right now regarding the economy and the constant taking of more of our assets, even down to our children's."

Congrats Jennett on a excellent tooning job!

Click here to see more of Jenn's Cartoons!


Monday, 11 October 2010 19:37 Newsflashes - GFP News

Recently MJ was a guest on the Judyth Piazza show on NewsRadio 1490 WTTB!

Click here and listen in to MJ's interview
about his passion for spilling ink on drawing boards since 1979, and how he's been delivering funnies to the masses through the printed pages since 1988.

Currently a member of CAPS, Comic Art Professional Society, I.C.C. International Cartoonist Conspiracy, and The St. Louis Gateway Arts. The various illustrations and cartoons produced at PC Studios can be seen throughout various media sources internationally.

The Nashville Free Press (U.S.A.), Newsblaze Publications (U.S.A.), Newropeans Magazine (Paris, France), Throughout the years the illustrations / cartoons have been featured in "Best Editorial Compilations", Comic books (U.K., Britian), and Anthologies as well as newspapers, magazines, and exhibitions through Galleries, and Museums across the United States.

For more of MJ's work, please click here!


Saturday, 28 August 2010 00:00 Newsflashes - GFP News

The NFP extends a hearty CONGRATES! to MJ on his recent honour of having his comical artistry displayed at the St. Louis Children's Illustrated Art Museum located in Crestwood, Missouri, in the United States. The Museum features artists who have published children's books.

MJ’s original works of art are on loan for the enjoyment and enrichment of the Museum’s patrons. On display are original FIDDLESTIX©, and Welcome To The Jungle© comic artwork as well as cartoons from The National Free Press. The FIDDLESTIX© cartoons that are on display span from 1988 to 2010.

Saturday, 22 May 2010 22:52 Newsflashes - GFP News

altWe are deeply saddened to inform the National Free Press readers and visitors that Joel Barbee, an NFP Editorial Cartoonist has passed away.

The artist, father, husband and friend to many, passed away on Thursday, May 20th.

Joel Barbee first appeared in the NFP during the last half of 2006. His cartoons were a wonderful addition and they came into the inbox faster than I could keep up with. I often quipped that Joel cranked out toons like I inhaled coffee.

Our thoughts go out to the Barbee family, their friends and acquaintances during this trying moment in time.

The following is information regarding services (California), should you wish to attend…

Joel Barbee Celebration of Life: He was a beautiful light in this life and filled those around him with smiles and laughter. He was a great man and the world becomes a smaller place without his wonderful smile.

Thursday May 27th, 2:00 PM at Talega Life Church 1040 Calle Negocio, San Clemente Ca 92673. Pondo and Nick Vleisides will officiate and share some great memories of Uncle Joel. We also will have some of his incredible art work on display. Joel was an artist for Disney, Hallmark, Carls Junior, Famous Paintings and the Register political cartoonist for over ten years.

Thank you Joel for sharing your talent and time with us. We will seriously miss you.

To see more of Joel Barbee’s wonderful work, please click here.

Image Courtesy of Joel Barbee's Facebook page.

Thursday, 18 February 2010 18:00 Newsflashes - GFP News

NFP Cartoonist Jennett Meriden Russellhe NFP is proud to announce the arrival of our latest Cartoonist Jennett Meriden Russell and her humourous collection of outstanding cartoons! Her first cartoon ran in the Long Island Traveler/Mattituck Watchman when she was 13!

Born in Connecticut in 1960, the Coram, New York resident was a former disc jockey, news reporter, and radio commercial producer for various Long Island radio stations.

A freelance journalist and photographer with The Press of Manorville and the Moriches, Miss Russell won six New York State Press Association Better Newspaper awards last year including three first place standings!


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