Famous cartoonist coming home for special event tonight

Yellow Springs 1975 graduate Tom Bachtell, illustrator for The New Yorker. CONTRIBUTED

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Yellow Springs 1975 graduate Tom Bachtell, illustrator for The New Yorker. CONTRIBUTED

Yellow Springs ’75 graduate Tom Bachtell is coming home, at least for a little while. The internationally-known cartoonist will be talking about his career as an artist/caricaturist at the Little Art Theatre at 7 p.m. Friday, April 13.

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The self-taught artist will share his expertise and memories during a reception with refreshments by The Wheat Penny Oven and Bar.

Bachtell’s brush and ink drawings in The New Yorker for 20-plus years have endeared him to many fans who enjoy his distinctive style. His drawings pay homage to American illustrators/cartoonists of the ’20s and ’30s, as well as more recent celebrities and politicians. He has an entire gallery of George W. Bush illustrations.

Bachtell has portrayed performers and chamber musicians: pianists, violinists, etc. He also created a poster for “The Girl, The Grouch, & The Goat,” illustrated the book cover of “Trump and Me” by Mark Singer, and created a portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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The Chicago resident has a liberal arts degree from Case Western Reserve University and was trained as a pianist at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

In addition to The New Yorker, his illustrations have graced the pages of Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Forbes, and others. His homecoming is one of a series at Little Art Theatre, where Yellow Springs’ natives are invited back to the village to share their special talents.

The Little Art Theatre’s mission is to”provide an experience that entertains, informs and inspires.”

“We know the Homecoming Series will do just that, as we celebrate the success of people who grew up in Yellow Springs,” said Little Art director Jenny Copperthwaite. “It gives the community a chance to listen to their story and have a conversation with them as part of the program.”

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What: Presentation by Tom Bachtell

Where: Little Art Theatre, 247 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs

Cost: $25 plus cash bar

When: 7 p.m. Friday, April 13

More info: 937-767-7671 | littleart.com/upcomingtombachtell.com

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