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Cartoonist Launches Anti-Gang Hero ‘Gangbuster’ as a Free E-Comic Book

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Kids see Gangbuster as "a cool dude."

“Gangs are bad, you know it’s true, don’t let bad guys fool you. Read this book, and I’ll detail, why joining gangs leads to jail.” — Gangbuster

The anti-gang comic book Gangbuster, available in hard copy newsprint form for 25 years, has now been posted online as a free downloadable E-booklet.

Plotted and drawn by South Florida cartoonist Captain Cartoon, Gangbuster was created as a preventative communications tool in support of ongoing efforts against the ever-growing proliferation of street gangs. “As compared to ‘boring’ brochures and like materials, kids readily open a comic book,” says the Captain. “Gangbuster combines adventure, color — and an important message — kids find easy to digest.”

Agencies see the book as an ideal bridge-builder with youth, and kids who read the booklet overwhelmingly agree with its all-important message that “youth gang activity is bad news.”

Gangbuster comics have been distributed by police departments and youth gang agencies in four states, and interest in this unique presentation is growing. “I’ve received hundreds of inquiry letters seeking sample copies,” says the Captain. “And today’s cash-strapped agencies need all the help they can get.”

“Our recent E-Comic Book launch now puts Gangbuster within reach of anyone and everyone.”

“What intrigues me the most about this edition is its longevity,” reveals the Captain. “While I’ve updated Gangbusters look to fit the times, the message has stayed the same. In terms of criticism, there’s been absolutely none.”

“Of course, Gangbuster was assembled with advice and input from a number of youth counselors, editors and youth culture experts,” he added. “I simply functioned as a ‘tool’ for the counselors when I put Gangbuster together.”

Captain Cartoon is former publisher of Cracked Magazine and former editor of Weekly World News.

Read the Gangbuster E-Comic Book here.


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Cartoon Billboard Worked!

The 37-foot-long cartoon billboard mounted in Port St. Lucie, Florida, helped the police union-backed candidate win the city’s November 2 Mayoral race.

The mammoth cartoon took city officials to task over frivolous spending in the wake of dozens of police layoffs, and generated a ton of controversy. While a vocal minority took the caricaturistic work to task as “frivolous” and “immature,” election results proved that a solid “comfortable” majority “got the message.”

While it may never be known as to the measure of impact this cartoon monstrosity had on voters, “it was very much out there,” says the artist, “and we now know it didn’t hurt;-)”

Drawn by veteran political and promotional cartoonist Dick Kulpa, noted for achieving favorable results from his cartoon work, it’s the third major cartoon billboard to appear in Florida during the past 5 months. “This serves as ongoing proof effective cartoon advertising works,” says Kulpa.

You can see this billboard here.