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Hi!

My name is Martin. I was born in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Cartooning has been my great passion since I can remember.
Some children dream to be firefighters, doctors, super heroes and etc.

All I wanted was to be a cartoonist.

I still remember the excitement I felt every Friday morning.

This is when they published one (and the only) very popular weekly newspaper “Starshel” (The Wasp). It was full of cartoons, jokes and funny short stories. My grandmother would give the money and I would run to the newsstand.

I loved the cartoons and my BIG dream was to publish my own cartoons in that newspaper one day…

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  • Born on October 10
  • Joined March 28, 2011

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About

Hi!

My name is Martin. I was born in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Cartooning has been my great passion since I can remember.
Some children dream to be firefighters, doctors, super heroes and etc.

All I wanted was to be a cartoonist.

I still remember the excitement I felt every Friday morning.

This is when they published one (and the only) very popular weekly newspaper “Starshel” (The Wasp). It was full of cartoons, jokes and funny short stories. My grandmother would give the money and I would run to the newsstand.

I loved the cartoons and my BIG dream was to publish my own cartoons in that newspaper one day.

I loved doodling and it got me in trouble very often at school. My teachers scolded me for not paying attention in class because I was doodling constantly. My notebooks were full of doodles and “great ideas”.

My 7th grade math teacher turned out to be a well established freelance cartoonist. He saw a potential in me and gave me pointers how to improve my cartoons. Thanks to him I gained a little confidence and started going to the office of my favorite newspaper.

The cartoonists and editors in the paper were good people. They showed me the mistakes I was making and encouraged me to work more on my cartoons. I didn’t have a light table as they did and had to draw on my knees. I had one square piece of window glass on my knees and a lamp between my feet.

And one Friday morning, after nearly 2 years, I was running home to show my family my first cartoon in a newspaper!

This is how my career as a freelance cartoonist started.

I'd like to thank to all people who supported me. Cartoonists, editors, friends and family. I wouldn't have done it without them!

I can’t explain the joy I feel anytime I create something. It is intoxicating!

I remember one day very clearly when I was 2 years into freelancing. I stood on the bus stop with two other men. One of them was reading a newspaper and started laughing aloud. He turned to his friend and said “Check this cartoon out!”

It was my cartoon that made him and other man laugh!

These are the moments I cherish the most as cartoonist.

Bringing you joy! And laughter! A lot of it!

Have fun!

Best Regards,

Martin

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