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WFMJ Graphic Artist earns world ranking

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We have a lot of talented folks at 21 WFMJ and one, in particular, is making a name for himself in the comic book industry.

Dan Gorman is a graphic artist at WFMJ, meaning he makes the fullscreen graphics you see on our newscasts.

His talents go way beyond that and started at a young age.

"I was able to draw before I could talk," said Gorman.

For as long as Dan can remember, his life has been a work of art.

"I used to draw Garfield on the playground for kids and for about two years through first grade I would sell bookmarks on the playground for like a nickel. I never had to take lunch money, I always had lunch money because I was selling bookmarks all the time," he said.

Over time, Gorman's skills sharpened and in 2010 he started drawing sketch cards.

"I've drawn thousands and thousands and thousands of sketch cards," said Gorman.

He's drawn cards from Star Wars to Star Trek, Stranger Things, even The Walking Dead. His work is now being recognized by the magazine, "Non-Sport Update," which touts Gorman as the third-ranked sketch card artist in the world.

"It's recognition that you're doing something and you're doing it well," said Gorman.

He's also getting recognition in the comic book industry where his true passion lies.

"There's something about the medium, the storytelling aspect of the medium. Each panel is a setup for the next panel and it's just being able to explore that storytelling aspect in a two-dimensional format. That has always fascinated me," said Gorman.

Gorman is currently penciling in a number of projects including a longstanding hit for AC Comics called Femforce.

"I want to be part of a story that affects somebody somewhere or inspires them to do something or inspires them to be a comic book illustrator," said Gorman.

Eventually, though, Gorman wants to be a part of something heroic. He has ambitions of drawing for some of the biggest publishers in the world like Marvel and DC.

"That was the dream when I was 12. I wanted to draw one issue of Amazing Spiderman before I croak so I'm still working on it, still trying to get there," he said.

Gorman is also a member of the National Cartoonists Society.

If you want to check out his work, you can go to his website by clicking here

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