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About Michael Jantze
Michael earned a degree in film, worked as a documentary filmmaker, newspaper graphic editor and then visual effects art director at ILM, all while creating comics. "The Norm" was syndicated daily to newspapers for a decade by King Features Syndicate and is now weekly on the GoComics website.
The new "The Norm 4.0" strips are weekly at http://gocomics.com/jantze or visit his studio at http://patreon.com/jantze
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Michael Jantze has worked in filmmaking, newspaper journalism, visual effects, and as an internationally-syndicated cartoonist, professor as well as owning his own animation studio. The books found here on Amazon are published collections of his King Features syndicated comic strip "The Norm", now available at gocomics.com/thenorm.
When Richard Thompson, creator of the cartoon strip Cul de Sac, learned that he had Parkinson’s disease, the entire cartoon community was moved. From other cartoonists to fans, the urge to “do something” was overwhelming. Enter Chris Sparks, friend of and webmaster for Richard, who came up with the idea of joining the Team Fox effort. Having read two of Michael J. Fox’s books, he knew about the foundation, which made him think of creating a Team Cul de Sac to honor Richard and to raise money for and awareness about PD. He set up the team with the foundation and began the quest to create a book that contributors would donate their original art to be included in the book and to be auctioned off later. All of the auction’s and a portion of the book's profits will be donated to Team Fox.
The response to Chris’s call for art has been impressive. From indie cartoonists to noted syndicated, editorial, and magazine cartoonists to graphic novel artists, illustrators, and sheer Cul de Sac fans, the assortment of cartoon styles paying homage to Cul de Sac and Richard Thompson in Team Cul de Sac is truly inspiring.
"The Ball Collection" contains episodes wherein our man Norm comes to his senses, pursues a high-tech career, dreams of Peanuts®, offers salient tips on acquiring gainful employment, discovers one friend missing and kisses the other -- all before retiring home for the holidays.
This Kindle edition includes all four booklets from the print box collection with more than 300 of the black and white daily comics.
A 230-page book funded by Indiegogo supporters, “Knocked Out Loaded” is 151 pages of character-driven, thought-provoking yucks and drama. And as an ebook bonus, more than 50 guest artists offer their version of “The Norm”, including Sergio Aragones, Joe Murray, Tom Richmond, Jim Borgman, Jerry Scott, Lincoln Peirce, Stephen Silver and so many up and coming artists it’s exhausting, but still the norm.
Michael Jantze's comic strip "The Norm" was syndicated to newspapers by King Features, Inc. in the U.S. as well as internationally for a decade. In 2014, the Harvey Award-nominated strip went weekly with a new theme, a few new characters, and a different format. Norm really did grow up!
This 176-page book, funded by hundreds of Indiegogo.com and Patreon.com supporters, collects the first years of "The Norm 4.0" weekly strips featured exclusively at http://gocomics.com/jantze