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  • Craig Schaffer

Comics, books, machinery and more

Recently I guest lectured at Lehigh Carbon Community College and spoke about publishing and design skills needed in today’s market. Design students listened to my presentation which included the history of the Reading Eagle, desktop publishing and examples of my graphics and design work.

I wrote a My 2 Cents column about my hope to find and restore a Linotype machine. The device, which was part of my lecture, was the backbone of the publish industry 50 years ago. Reading Eagle once used 22 of the mechanical typesetters to produce the newspaper. An owner and reader contacted me and offered to donate the machine to the Reading Eagle museum in her husbands name. I’ve since dismantled part of it, with help, and will move the half-ton machine in May to the museum.

With hopes of connecting with Reading native and comic book illustrator Jim Steranko I attended the Greater Philly Comic Con in Oaks, Pa. I got a chance to introduce myself and speak with the man who conceptualized Indiana Jones for Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. Steranko autographed an Indy poster for me which proudly hangs on my studio wall with the rest of my Indiana Jones collection.

My short story comic “A Pagoda in Pennsylvania” has just been published in issue #7 of The Cartoon Picayune. The bi-annual themed comic magazine is a compilation of short stories by news illustrators from around the world. An issue is only $4 and can be purchased online here. Steve’s Comic Relief in Levittown, Pa., Golden Eagle Comics at Fairgrounds Square Mall and 1UP Collectibles in West Reading will all have copies available in store. Download the digital version using the Comixology app or purchase it on the website here.

On the freelance front I recently completed design and infographic work for Comcast Corporation over Easter. View the finished work on the Infographics page here.

Reading Eagle editor Harry Deitz has compiled a book of 109 columns he’s written. He and design editor Grant Mahon looked to me to design the cover which is available to order at

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