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||Meet Mike Ostresh
Hello, my name is Mike Ostresh. Thank you for taking the time to read STEPDAD. This comic strip was based on my own life experience as a stepfather.
My beautiful wife, Tina and I were married in 1994 and I went through the transition from a carefree bachelor to life as a new husband and step-father to an 11 year old, adorable, sassy, little drama queen, named Nikki, who I loved dearly but wanted to strangle on a daily basis.
The first 24 strips of STEPDAD that are posted were originally submitted for possible syndication several years ago. With the new exposure I will be receiving with Comic Sherpa, I decided to revisit STEPDAD. I plan on adding new strips on a regular basis. I would love to hear your comments on what you like, donít like or other ideas you may have about the strip.
I live in Granite City, Illinois with my wife, Tina and son, Noah. Our daughter, Nikki (one of the main characters in STEPDAD) is now grown with a son, Christian. So now we are grandparents!
My cartoons were first published way back in the first grade . I still run into people who tell me they bought a comic book from me for 10 cents back in the 1960's and early 1970's. I was the cartoonist for my high school newspaper "The High World" while attending Granite City High School from 1974-1978. While in high school I had a part time job working at the local IHOP (International House of Pancakes). I posted a weekly comic strip at work called, "Hot Cakes," which was a lot of fun but got me into a little trouble sometimes. While attending Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from 1979- 1983, I was the Editorial Cartoonist for the student newspaper and I also ran a bi-weekly comic strip named "Kyna the Cougar" based on the school's mascot. In 1985, while attending classes at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, I developed a strip named, "Wendall" about student life.
I have been currently working on new ideas and like most cartoonists dream of having a daily syndicated comic strip.
I plan on adding new material and would love hearing from you.
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