St. Mary’s Kids Create Their Own Comics and Cartoon Characters
The young patients of St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children unleashed their creativity and artistic skills during a special afternoon joined by a few visitors from The Ink Well, a group of New York animators and cartoonists who visit hospitalized children teaching them the power of art and self-expression and how it can become part of healing.
Ray Alma, Sy Barry, Stan Goldberg, Don Orehek, Adrian Sinnott, and Joe Vissichelli, world wide talented cartoonists, illustrators, animators, and producers, spent the afternoon with St. Mary’s kids, some of the most seriously ill and injured children in the New York are battling complex medical conditions, revealing the magic that is created behind closed doors and often enjoyed in movies, TV shows, and famous comic books.
During the interactive session, the children of St. Mary’s got to see the professionals at work and even had the opportunity to create some of their own masterpieces. Letting their imaginations run wild, St. Mary’s kids came up with their own cartoon characters and story ideas and had a blast creating comics strips.
The group enjoyed the opportunity to hang out with the extraordinary children of St. Mary’s and have already promised to come back soon again.
Founded in 2005 by Elizabeth Winter, The Ink Well houses more than 60 artists who have worked on projects such as Ice Age, Robots, The Rugrats, Speed Racer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Wonder Pets; comic books such as Batman and Mad Magazine; as well as illustrations for New York Magazine, The New Yorker, Random House and Simon and Schuster.