Veteran gag cartoonist Mike Shapiro is interviewed by Mike Rhode for The Washington Paper.
I learned about Mike Shapiro's extensive cartooning background:
"I went to The Joe Kubert School and studied animation. At the time the great Milt Neil was running the program. Before that I took Mort Gerberg's well-known magazine cartooning class at Parsons. Around that time I also took a class from Paul Peter Porges at The New School. Finally, after I got out of school, I was fortunate to work as an assistant to Sy Barry on "The Phantom" for about six years. Sy taught me a lot about being a professional, meeting deadlines, and in general helped me improve my work. He's a great guy and a great artist."Like Mike, I took Mort Gerberg's class -- and I also know Sy Barry (but I never worked as his assistant)! It's a small cartoony world.
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