B.C. Comics: Signing Books for a Good Cause

By Michelle Costanza

B.C. Comics: Signing Books for a Good Cause

November 2, 2012 Updated Nov 2, 2012 at 11:17 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A well-recognized comic strip that got its start right here in Broome County has finally published a new book.

"B.C." is the title of the popular strip, which features cavemen and is set in prehistoric times.

The strip was originally created by Johnny Hart of Nineveh, New York in 1958. Only a few years ago, it was passed down to his grandsons, Mason and Mick Mastroianni.

A compilation of the "best of the last five years" has resulted in the comic strip's newest book; "B.C. Reinvents the Wheel."

Mason Mastroianni, cartoonist for the strip explained the importance of carrying on the family comic strip.

"It's a real privilege to keep it in the family and I'm fortunate that I'm able to draw. The book signing is our first foray into this, we haven't released a book in years," he added.

Community members were invited to pick up a personalized book of the popular comic strip this evening and meet the cartoonist.

A portion of the proceeds from the event went to The Magic Paintbrush Project, which provides creative outlets for those with special needs.

"My favorite part of this is being able to carry on my grandfather's legacy. Being in the community, doing something for our community where we're from. It's nice to be able to contribute in some little way," said Mastroianni.

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