Local syndicate cartoonist Sandra Bell-Lundy at Something Else

Award-winning syndicate cartoonist Sandra Bell-Lundy was at Something Else on Saturday, May 6 for an autograph signing of her book “Death of a Saleswoman”, a “Between Friends” collection of her cartoon strip.

Bell-Lundy has always been drawing. She started drawing cartoon comic strips for her friends in high school. The three characters in “Between Friends” is a combination of five women into three characters. Bell-Luny states that she identifies the most with the character Susan, although she confesses “there is a little bit of me in each of them.”

In 1990 she self syndicated with the St. Catharines Standard, Brandford Expositor and the Hamilton and Burlington Spectator. This lasted for four years. Until she received the call she had almost given up waiting for. New York had called her! Bell-Lundy remembers pacing up and down the stairs trying to calm herself down to make the call constantly thinking, “I am in little Port Colborne and I had to call New York!”

After speaking with Jay Kennedy, Comic Editor for King Feature Syndicate, she spent eight months working with Kennedy, who critiqued her work she sent in. He suggested her characters to look more realistic. She recalls “his suggestions made the strip better.” Once the details were worked out they spent three months putting a sales kit together and selling the strip and went syndicate in 1994.

Between Friends, can now be found in 175 newspapers including 10 international countries. The strip has been an age progression coinciding with Bell-Lundy’s life.

Bell-Lundy grew up in St. Catharines and moved to Port Colborne after marrying. She currently resides in Welland with her husband. Her two children have just graduated from University.

Bell-Lundy is also available for speaking engagements. She recently spoke to a group of women at Sparrow Lakes Golf Course and will be at a workshop for the District School Board of Niagara next week. To book Sandra Bell-Lundy for a speaking engagement or book signing please visit http://betweenfriendscomics.com/



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