CARTOONIST, CHILDREN’S AUTHOR, LETTER CUTTER

Doug Coffin talk to kick off Vose Library exhibit

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Join Doug Coffin for a Zoom with Vose Library talk, Wednesday, March 31, from 6 - 7 p.m., about his creative talents and diverse careers.

Douglas M. Coffin is a life-long doodler on paper of both words and images, and decided, at age 23, that he wanted to be a nationally syndicated cartoonist. Down he went to New York City to draw the figure, supporting himself as a graphic designer, and to develop both his cartoon style and his writing. He conceived of his characters, two elderly, maiden sisters who lived in a small town in New England, with a postman and a handyman for friends.

After three years, Coffin left New York for his home in Maine and launched his concept, “Cronies,” in Maine Times, a statewide paper back in the 70s. In 1978, NEA, part of United Feature Syndicate, picked up “Cronies” renamed it “Fletcher’s Landing” and it was launched daily and Sunday and ran for three years. Coffin was the editorial cartoonist for the Waldo Independent, for 22 of its 23-year run from 1985-2008 and his exhibit, due for its debut at Vose Library on April 1, is a compilation of how Belfast came to be the city it is by gathering his cartoons around the issues of long ago to show what went on back then.

In 1988, temporarily down in Philadelphia, Coffin chanced across a demonstration of the English tradition of carving letters in stone by hand by a British lettercutter. With typography, calligraphy, two-dimensional design and deep hand tool experience, he was startled to realize that he had all the skills to do this. Thirty-two years later, he still does. His daughter joined him ten years ago and they are Coffin & Daughter hand-carving memorials, gravestones, donor walls and buildings in their studio on the coast of Maine.

“Much as I love designing and carving letters in stone, cartooning was my most creative, and most demanding, outlet,” said Coffin, in a Vose news release. “I am delighted to be able to post this collection at the Vose Library in Union. Delightfully, I published a book One Maine Christmas Eve in 2015 through Tilbury House Publishing in Thomaston that mentions my favorite country fair of all times: your Union Fair.”

Please email debra@voselibrary.org prior to 3 p.m. on March 31 to request an invitation and passcode to attend this special program. 

Vose Library is located at 392 Common Road, in Union, and is currently open for curbside pick-up services and for browse and borrow in-person services by appointment. FMI: please call 207-785-4733 or visit www.voselibrary.org.

Event Date: 

Wed, 03/31/2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Event Location: 

Zoom

Address: 

Vose Library
Union  Maine
United States