Goblins to Gadianton: LDS cartoonist celebrates 20 years

Once upon a time, Val Chadwick Bagley was sitting around, drawing cheese and hot dog labels.

He had to face a goblin, a roomful of old yellow desks and a man with springs attached to his feet before becoming one of the most recognizable LDS cartoonists.

Bagley is now celebrating the 20th anniversary of his business, The Cartoonist Guy, and is already looking forward to the two new children's books he has coming out, both geared around the New Testament.

"It all feels like two or three different lifetimes ago," Bagley said, reflecting on his humble start and his current success. It is a life he fittingly describes as "colorful."

Bagley, 53, has published about 50 LDS children's books overall (coloring, board, lift-the-flap, etc.) with Covenant Communications as well as games, calendars, postcards and puzzles.

You might know his cartoons from the Friend magazine, or his humor from "The Extra Smile" page in the New Era.

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