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August 10, 2010

Ti Cartoon Museum closing

Ti Cartoon Museum to meld with Pittsburgh's Toonseum

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HARD WORK

Ticonderoga Town Supervisor Debra Malaney said they're sorry to see the museum go.

"The Cartoon Museum is a great resource. It's been a benefit to the community for many years."

Burdick said running the museum was a lot of work, which prompted his decision.

"I will miss it desperately. It's been part of my life. It's my passion."

Burdick said his favorite illustrator is Prince Valiant artist Hal Foster.

"He was a fine illustrator who moved into the comic pages. He was tops as far as shading, the ability to create a scene."

Foster, who died in 1982, wrote and drew Prince Valiant Sunday strips from the 1930s to 1970s. His work influenced generations of artists in creating realistic comics characters.

ENJOYED VISITORS

One thing he'll miss about the Cartoon Museum are the visitors, Burdick said, as he gave tours to two Westchester County residents who had just walked in.

"I like to see people laugh when they see this. I hope people will come and see us before we close."

The museum is open Friday afternoons until the end of the month and by appointment by calling 585-7015.

The 84-year-old Burdick, who's a cartoonist himself, said he's not giving up his interest in cartoon art.

"I'll keep drawing pictures. I worked for several newspapers as a cartoonist, many little papers. I have lots of things to do."

E-mail Lohr McKinstry at: lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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