Meet 19-year-old Joshua Masterson and ‘The Catholic Cartoon’

Cartoonist Joshua Masterson at work

Something new came to my attention recently – it’s a comic strip called The Catholic Cartoon, featuring Father Otto, and what’s amazing about it is that the cartoonist who creates the strip is 19-year-old Joshua Masterson, from Volo, IL. His art is amazing. His writing is very funny.

I had the opportunity to interview Joshua recently. Here are my 10 With Tom questions answered by Joshua.

Cartoonist Joshua Masterson

TOM: Amazing cartoon style, did you study art in school or did it come naturally? Or both?

JOSHUA: My art has always come naturally. When I was three years old, I drew a giraffe and my mom knew that I had a natural gift with art. I’ve always been “drawn” towards the more cartoon style in art. When I was a kid, I used to make up all sorts of characters and make comics about them! I’m pretty much all self taught with smaller workshops here and there.

TOM: Do you work digitally or with pen and ink? If digitally, what programs and hardware do you use?

JOSHUA: I work with both digital and pen and ink. As for the comics, I tend to do them solely digitally. The program I use to draw them on is a software called Procreate. I use it on my iPad. Even though it’s digital, I “ink” I can still capture that hand drawn look that I love so much!

TOM: How often is The Catholic Cartoon published?

JOSHUA: The Catholic Cartoon is published four times a week on Instagram and on my website. It’s published on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. I like to do the weekday comics black and white and make the Sunday comic in color, just like how they do it in the newspapers! Not only is the art style nostalgic but the way in which it’s formatted and published is as well!

TOM: Yes, I noticed the Sunday strips especially have the classic comic strip format. Were you an alter boy? You seem to have a grasp on that aspect.