Nick Driano’s cartoon dream

“It was like a Sally Field moment," laughed New Paltz cartoonist Nick Driano, about the first check he ever got for a cartoon he drew. "You know, 'You like me! You really like me!' (echoing Fields comments after winning her second Academy Award for Best Actress)...I was so excited (the check was for $5). I felt for the first time that I was a professional artist. I never got as excited about making money for my stained-glass work."

The "stained-glass work" was Driano's business from 1979 to 1989 in New Paltz, and it was lucrative, but . . .

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