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"I love the sound of my pen of the paper."

A local cartoonist is gaining national attention for her comics. 

"This is it, this is my full time job."

Greenwich native Maria Scrivan discovered her love for cartooning 20 years ago. After working in animation and graphic design, she decided to take her own route, sketching comic panels for local publications, like the Greenwich Time and Stamford Advocate. 

"I have a daily panel," said Scrivan. "So it's a different joke and a different set of characters every day. There are some themes that keep coming up. I end up doing a lot about social media and animals, cats, dogs, but it's always different and I never really know where it's going to end up." 

Scrivan has been working from her personal home studio for seven years. Since September her daily comic "Half Full" has gained recognition on, the nation's largest comic site, which publishes hundreds of comics daily, including classics like Garfield, Peanuts, and Calvin and Hobbs.

"I use a blue mechanical pencil and then I ink with a dip pen," said Scrivan. "And then I scan it into the computer and use a Cintiq, the tablets that you draw on, to finish the drawing and do the coloring. I know a lot of people who work directly on the Cintiq and I can't seem to let go of paper, I absolutely cherish the time I spend at my drawing table." 

Fairfield County has been a hub for many in the cartooning industry, including "Beetle Bailey" cartoonist Mort Walker, whose studio is also in Stamford. Scrivan is member of the National Cartoonist Society and her work has ended up on greeting cards, check books, postcards and even textbooks.

"I definitely want to continue with the panel," Scrivan says, "and then additionally I have humorous books and children's books that I'm currently working on."

This coming September, Scrivan says she expects to have 365 submissions on

For more information on Maria Scrivan and her comics visit:



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