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Heartland Humor has been created with the talent of World Famous LDS Cartoonist, Val Chadwick Bagley.
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Val Chadwick Bagley is an American cartoonist and illustrator. He has illustrated many Latter-day Saint childrens books as well as regularly contributed cartoons to LDS magazines The New Era and The Friend. Although he is sometimes confused with Pat Bagley, editorial cartoonist for the Salt Lake Tribune, the two are not related.
Although he was raised in Southern California, Val Chadwick Bagley loves to tell people he’s from Wyoming, which is true….. Val was born in Afton, Wyoming where he lived with his parents until he was just 6 weeks old. His father then moved his family to Southern California where Val grew up.
Growing up in California, near Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm, was the perfect environment for Val to develop his artistic skills. With encouragement from his mother, he decorated a bulletin board at home each month. He’s been decorating, drawing, coloring and entertaining people ever since.
Watch Val interviewed by Michelle King for Mormon Times below.
The opportunity to share his testimony, love of the Book of Mormon, and his engaging sense of humor has enabled him to use his talents to create several books and card games for the LDS market.
Val’s had many nicknames throughout his life but the one his wife loves the most is Valiant. He loves our Father in Heaven and our Savior, Jesus Christ; has a strong testimony of the Book of Mormon; a deep love and respect or the Prophet Joseph Smith and is grateful for the church and the solid foundation it is in his life. He is valiant in always giving his best and trying to do his best every day.
Sharing his testimony through art has blessed Val and his family as well as Latter-day Saint people worldwide.
If you have an idea that you think would be fun and accepted for the New Era, you can send it to Val at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I love the imagery and majestic look of Arnold Friberg’s paintings depicting events in the Book of Mormon. They have had a huge impact of how I visualize the stories would have looked, and I’ve used them extensively to create my various children’s books and card games, as well as the many cartoons I’ve drawn for the New Era magazine over the past 35 years.
So when I was asked to draw cartoons that went against that whole line of thinking, I was very conflicted. (It would be like celebrating Christmas, with all of the holiday fun of reindeer and snowmen, on April 6th!). But the more I began researching the information of the Book of Mormon events taking place in North America, and especially from being a fan of NEPHITE EXPLORER, the more IT JUST MADE SENSE!
Now, I am an ardent believer in the Heartland Model and am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of sharing this exciting perspective of the marvelous work and a wonder, which is the Book of Mormon.
Val Chadwick Bagley THE CARTOONIST GUY
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