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Interview with Cartoonist Francis Cleetus.

When did you start drawing cartoons?

As far as I can recall, I’ve enjoyed drawing since I was in Kindergarten. Then in third grade, I got a tattered copy of Marjorie Buell’s “Little Lulu” from my grandma, and I was hooked. I started reading any comic I could get my hands on, and drawing the occasional cartoon for school or church magazines. In college, while I majored in chemistry, I was always drawing stuff in between writing formulae. It was only later when I entered the ad business as a copywriter-art director, I started drawing cartoons on a regular basis.

What comics influenced you as a kid?

On one hand, I grew up with a plethora of Western comics including Lee Falk’s The Phantom and Mandrake the Magician; Goscinny & Uderzo’s Adventures of Asterix; Bob Montana’s Archie; Hergé’s Tin Tin and Bob Kane’s Batman, to name a few. On the other, I read almost every published issue of Anant Pai’s fabulous

'Amar Chitra Kathas' or comics about great Indian epics, mythology,

history, folklore and fables. I guess they touched two culturally

diverse yet comic-hungry parts of my little brain... CONT'D

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