Vermont's Cartoonist Laureate to the Rescue | Comics | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Seven Days needs your financial support!

Vermont's Cartoonist Laureate to the Rescue 

Published July 2, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

Readers of the New Yorker can recognize Edward Koren's work at a glance: His frizzy, big-nosed characters have, over five decades and more than 1,000 drawings, become icons of the magazine's commitment to cartooning. Residents of Vermont know — or should know — that Koren is only the second person to hold the title of State Cartoonist Laureate. (The work of the first Vermont cartoonist laureate, James Kochalka, is also featured in this issue; see page 24.)

But few beyond Koren's neighbors know that, for the past 26 years, he has been a volunteer with the Brookfield Volunteer Fire Department. Koren calls his other, less public job a "tonic," in that it allows him to connect with his community — and to occasionally escape from the demands of his drawing board. Even when he's inking, he wears his emergency pager.

Koren is a modest fellow, reluctant to write or draw about his own life. But he kindly agreed to Seven Days' request to write and illustrate a firehouse anecdote that humorously shows how he finds the balance between his two unusual careers.

The original print version of this article was headlined "Local Hero"
Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

About The Authors

Ethan de Seife

Ethan de Seife

Ethan de Seife was an arts writer at Seven Days from 2013 to 2016. He is the author of Tashlinesque: The Hollywood Comedies of Frank Tashlin, published in 2012 by Wesleyan University Press.
Ed Koren

Ed Koren

Edward Koren, the current cartoonist laureate of Vermont, is well known for his more than 1,000 cartoons for the New Yorker, and has contributed to many other books and periodicals. His work has been exhibited in shows all over the world, including a retrospective at the University of Vermont in 2011. He has been a member of the Brookfield Volunteer Fire Department for more than 25 years.

More By This Author

More By This Author


Comments are closed.

Since 2014, Seven Days has allowed readers to comment on all stories posted on our website. While we’ve appreciated the suggestions and insights, the time has come to shut them down — at least temporarily.

While we champion free speech, facts are a matter of life and death during the coronavirus pandemic, and right now Seven Days is prioritizing the production of responsible journalism over moderating online debates between readers.

To criticize, correct or praise our reporting, please send us a letter to the editor. Or send us a tip. We’ll check it out and report the results.

Online comments may return when we have better tech tools for managing them. Thanks for reading.

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative

All content © 2022 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401

Advertising Policy  |  Privacy Policy  |  Contact Us  |  About Us  |  Help
Website powered by Foundation