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Every year people try to take away readers’ power to decide what books are right for themselves or their children to read by bringing challenges to remove books from libraries. Comic books, graphic novels, and manga are frequently challenged and even banned.

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Gabriel Morrissette (born 26 September 1959, Canada) is an illustrator, animator, and comic book artist. From the mid-1980s he was active in meeting a growing demand for Canadian heroes in Canadian comics.

He and writer Mark Shainblum created “Northguard”, “Fleur de Lys”, and “Angloman” at Matrix Graphic Series. The two also provided editing and art direction for other MGS titles.

Gabriel has since worked for several comic book publishers, including DC Comics and Marvel, and has illustrated such titles as “Spider-Man 2099”, “Doc Savage”, “Ragman”, and “Checkmate”.

He is currently contributing to the Chapterhouse Comics revival of ‘Captain Canuck’, ‘Northguard’, and other characters.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriel_Morrissette
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/morrissette_gabriel.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/5Q4L304ybKz

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Tom Veitch (born 26 September 1951, USA) writes comics, novels, and poetry. His career began in the underground comix of the 1970s. Teamed with artist Greg Irons he created the notorious “Legion of Charlies” in 1971. The pair also contributed stories to series such as “Skull Comix” and “Slow Death Funnies”.

His brother, Rick Veitch, had drawn for underground comix but from the late 1970s began selling stories and sketches to DC Comics and Marvel. Tom joined his brother on a story in “Sgt. Rock” #356, September 1981. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he also wrote four creator-owned mini-series, each with a different artist, published by both Marvel and DC Comics.

In 1991, he began a run on DC’s “Animal Man”. He is known for initiating the Dark Horse line of Star Wars comics at that same time, with “Star Wars Dark Empire” and “Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi”.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Veitch

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/v/veitch_tom.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/6rKP304ybvq

(Dave Dorman painted the cover of “Star Wars Dark Empire” #1, December 1991.)

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Louise Simonson (born 26 September 1946, USA), is a comic book writer and editor. In 1966, she married artist Jeff Jones (who later transitioned to Jeffrey Catherine Jones), with whom she had a daughter. Their marriage ended in the early 1970s and she married artist Walter Simonson in 1980. She used the name Louise Jones on her professional editing through at least the 1990s. She use the name Louise Simonson on her writing.

She edited at Warren from 1974 through 1979, primarily “Creepy” and “Eerie”. She edited at Marvel from 1980, where she is known for editing “Uncanny X-Men”, “The New Mutants”, and “Star Wars”, among others.

Her writing debut was on “Power Pack” in 1984 at Marvel, which she co-created with artist June Brigman. She had significant runs on “Power Pack”, “X-Factor”, and “New Mutants”.

In 1991, she began writing for DC Comics with the launch of “Superman: The Man of Steel”. She and artist Jon Bogdanove created the character ‘Steel’ and she wrote the first few years of that character’s titular series.

She has continued to write comics for a variety of publishers. She has also written prose fiction for children, young adults, and adults featuring DC super-heroes.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louise_Simonson
Editing in the GCD — http://ow.ly/p67T304ybgJ
Writing in the GCD — http://ow.ly/TYZc304ybfY

(June Brigman drew and Bob Layton inked the cover of “Power Pack” #1, August 1984.)

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Juan Zanotto (26 September 1935 – 13 April 2005, Argentina) was born in Turin and moved with his family to Buenos Aires when he was age thirteen. He began working for publisher Editorial Codex in 1953, drawing jungle and western adventure stories.

From 1958, Zanotto spent ten years drawing for Fleetway in the UK. At home, he became the artistic director at Codex in 1965, drawing many covers. He moved to Ediciones Record in 1974 as artistic director, and while there he created the prehistoric fantasy series “Henga” (1974) and the science-fiction series “Bárbara” (1979), among other works.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Zanotto
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/z/zanotto_juan.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/Oj9m304yb6C

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Raoul Cauvin (born 26 September 1938, Belgium) is one of Europe’s most successful and productive scriptwriters of humorous comics. He has published steadily in “Spirou” magazine and for the publishing house Dupuis generally since the 1970s.

Cauvin created ‘Les Tuniques Bleues’ (set in the US Civil War) in 1968, to replace ‘Lucky Luke’ in “Spirou” when the latter moved to “Pilote”. The 58th album in the series, all written by Cauvin, was published in 2014.

Other popular series include “Les Femmes en Blanc”, mocking hospital routines from 1981, and schoolboy comedy “Cédric” from 1986. There was an animated “Cédric” series on TV in the 1990s.

Cauvin has won multiple awards at Brussels including the Grand Prix Saint-Michel, and multiple awards at the Angoulême International Comics Festival. The Prix Canal J was awarded twice for “Cédric”.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/cauvin.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raoul_Cauvin
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/ptDn304yaWT

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Winsor McCay (26 September 1869? – 26 July 1934, USA?) was a cartoonist and animator. His pioneering early animated films far outshone the work of his contemporaries and set a standard followed by Walt Disney and others in later decades.

His two best-known creations are the newspaper comic strip “Little Nemo in Slumberland”, which ran 1905–1914 and 1924–1927, and the animated cartoon “Gertie the Dinosaur”, which he created in 1914.

McCay’s comic strip work has influenced generations of artists, including creators such as William Joyce, André LeBlanc, Moebius, Maurice Sendak, Chris Ware, and Bill Watterson.

(There is no accurate record of McCay’s birth. It may have been in 1867, 1869, or 1871, and he may have been born in the USA or in Canada.)

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winsor_McCay
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/mccay.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/jLrL304yaNG (some offensive images)

(“Little Sammy Sneeze”, 1905, collected McCay newspaper strips from the New York Herald.)

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Every year people try to take away readers’ power to decide what books are right for themselves or their children to read by bringing challenges to remove books from libraries. Comic books, graphic novels, and manga are frequently challenged and even banned.

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Howard Bender (born 25 September 1951, USA) is a freelance comics artist and illustrator, as well as a letterer and colorist. He was co-founder of the Pittsburgh Comics Club in 1972. After contributions to fanzines and lettering jobs at Marvel in the 1970s, he went to work for the big companies in the 1980s, starting with “Richie Rich” at Harvey.

He has contributed to DC's ghost and super-hero titles and on some smaller titles for Marvel. He was additionally present at First Publishing with “Ghostbusters” and “Munden's Bar” and at Gladstone with “Dread of Night” and “Maggots”. In the early 1990s, he worked with the “Archie” characters for Archie Comics.

Bender has also done the daily strips “Mr. Fixitt”, “Billy & Pop!”, and “Sherlock Holmes Minute Mysteries”.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/bender_howard.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/EDSB304xLBG

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Jacques Martin (25 September 1921 – 21 January 2010, France) was one of the best-known artists of the Clear Line (or ‘ligne claire’) school of comics exemplified by Hergé and Willie Vandersteen.

He created ‘The Adventures of Alix’ first in “Tintin” in late 1948 and for fifty years continued to write and draw stories of the Gallo-Roman youth, set in the late Roman Republic. In 1978, the story “Alix: Le spectre de Carthage” won the award for best French realistic comic book at Angoulême. In 1989, the story “Alix: Le cheval de Troie” won the BD d'Or at the Salon Européen de la BD (in Grenoble).

Martin created another well-received character in the contemporary journalist “Lefranc” in 1952. Later he collaborated with others to create the medieval architect “Jhen” (1978), the French revolutionary officer “Arno” (1984), the Athenian “Orion” (1990), the Egyptian “Keos” (1992), and “Loïs”, set in the court of Louis the Sun King of France (2003).

Also in 2003, Jacques Martin was awarded the Grand Prix Saint-Michel (in Brussels) for the three series “Alix”, “Lefranc”, and “Jhen”.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/martin_jacq.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Martin_(comics)
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/I5I0304xaXu

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