GAYLORD -- Gaylord Herald Times employee Kurt J. Kolka's long-running comic strip "The Cardinal" will go national in March.
Kolka's character will appear as one of several features in Indie Comics Magazine #1, a publication being released at comic book shops across the country. The new comic book is the creation of award-winning comic creator Gary Scott Beatty of Muskegon.
Kolka has been creating his comic for 21 years. It first ran as a free Northern Michigan publication, "Cardinal Adventures," in Charlevoix, Emmet, Antrim, Cheboygan, Otsego and other counties, and currently appears as a weekly, online comic strip. A trade paperback of Cardinal stories is due out later this year.
Copies of Indie Comic Magazine are available at Saturn Booksellers in Gaylord and Comics North in Cheboygan and other comic book locations.
Kolka's weekly online comic can be read at www.gocomics.com/thecardinal.