Paw Print: The World of Peter Waldner

Peter Waldner usually keeps a sketch pad within arm’s reach: in his car, on a bedside table, for whenever inspiration strikes.

“I’m still old school,” he explained during a recent interview at his Worthy Way studio. “In the middle of the night, I’d jot ideas down and the next morning I’d read it and have no idea why I thought that was funny.”

For nearly 27 years, Mr. Waldner has been creating the weekly editorial cartoon for the Reporter and other East End newspapers.

The Shelter Island Reporter profiles Peter Waldner, its editorial cartoonist.

Shelter Island also serves as a muse for his fine art; pastel and colored-pencil drawings, 3D acrylic paintings and life-sized papier mache installations that make their way around the Island each summer. Mr. Waldner also organizes the annual ArtSI artists studio tour, curates the gallery at the library and creates set pieces for local theater productions, including the school musical every spring.

Peter has a past:

Before creating the “Paw Print” cartoon locally, Mr. Waldner ran a nationally syndicated daily cartoon called “Flight Deck.” It ran for 12 years and appeared in hundreds of newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times and the New York Daily News.

Creators Syndicate has an archive of Flight Deck panels.

Muck Rack has an archive of Paw Prints.


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