The winning illustration will be published in Cris Cohen’s upcoming
May 15, 2011 (Cary, NC) – Cris Cohen of Cary, NC, the author of the upcoming humor book “Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane,” has announced the winner of an illustration contest he recently conducted on the book’s website at www.stayingcrazy.com.
The winner is Daryl Stephenson, an up-and-coming caricature artist in Maple Ridge, British Columbia (30 miles east of Vancouver), who discovered the contest online. He told Cohen that he “recently gave up my job as a supervisor in a warehouse — with my wife’s permission — to become an artist. I’ve always wanted to be a full-time cartoonist.”
Cohen’s book is due out this fall with proceeds from sales going to a local baseball league for kids with special needs, including Cohen’s own son, nine-year-old Max. It will be a collection of humor columns he wrote for several newspapers when he lived in California, plus new ones he’s written since he and his family moved to Cary, NC, in 2008.
Cohen, who also writes the humor blog “Nothing In Particular” and a humor column for CaryCitizen.com, invited artists and wanna-be artists to illustrate a particular column that will be in the book entitled “Charming.” In the column, Cohen makes fun of an experience he had at a not-so-charming hotel, which was, nonetheless, advertised as “charming.” The winning illustration will be published in the book alongside the column.
“I also look after special needs kids,” Stephenson noted after learning he’d won. “Have been doing so for the past eight years. It’s tough but rewarding work. I was happy to see where your proceeds are going.”
Cohen quipped: “We hope that Daryl wears this distinction as a badge of honor or, at least, a badge of mild pleasure.”
For more information on Cris Cohen and “Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, visit www.stayingcrazy.com.
For more information on the winning illustrator, visit www.darylstephenson.com.
About Cris Cohen:
Cris Cohen, the author of the Nothing In Particular blog and a new humor column for CaryCitizen.com, was born in Buffalo, NY, and grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, eventually graduating from the University of Southern California. After a stint in rock radio in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Cris started writing his humor column for a collection of California newspapers. He eventually gravitated toward the tech world and Silicon Valley, working for companies such as Netscape and Cisco Systems. Cris, his wife Michele, and their young son Max moved to Cary, North Carolina, in 2008. Cris’ blog is available at http://criscohen.typepad.com. His first book, “Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane,” is due out in the fall of 2011 (www.stayingcrazy.com.)