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Meet Vermont's Newest Cartoonist Laureate, A 'New Yorker' Veteran

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Ed Koren, who has contributed cartoons to The New Yorker magazine for over 50 years, will be sworn in as Vermont's cartoonist laureate on Feb. 27.

You’re probably familiar with the work of Vermont cartoonist Ed Koren.

His frizzy, large-nosed characters have been a staple of The New Yorker magazine for over 50 years, and in that time, his work has been featured in countless magazines and exhibitions around the world.

Earlier this month, Koren was named Vermont’s Cartoonist Laureate, an appointment that will become official in a ceremony Wednesday at the Statehouse.

Following the ceremony, Koren will give a public talk at the Center For Cartoon Studies in White River Junction.

He becomes the state’s second cartoon laureate, following James Kolchalka of Burlington.

Koren, who lives in Brookfield, says it's indicative of the Vermont independent and "persnickety" character to honor one of its own with this three-year post.

He says that while transitions in the publishing industry make this a difficult time for single-panel cartoonists such as himself, he believes the success of graphic novels bodes well for illustrators.

Koren credits the Center For Cartoon Studies with creating  a robust atmosphere for cartoonists and graphic novelists.

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