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New reference librarian is also a Anime style artist, Comic con fan

Lashonda Linder is a Walterboro resident, artist, and professional who recently met Power Rangers creator Jack Olesker at Grand Stand Comic-con.

Colleton’s newest reference librarian is also a budding cartoonist and specialty graphic artist who recently met an internationally-known figure in the television world.
Lashonda Linder, 29, is the newest reference librarian and young adult coordinator for the Colleton County Memorial Library. She has been working at the library under her two new titles for the last two weeks. The Walterboro resident attended Colleton County High School before graduating from the Willow Grey, a Military School. She now has an Associate degree in medical assistant, Bachelor in Music Production from FullSail University, and she is currently seeking her Master’s Degree in Illustration from the Academy Arts University.
While recently promoting her own artist line at the Comic-con in Murrell’s Inlet SC, Linder met Jack Olesker, the creator, writer, and director of many classic children’s shows, including “Care Bears,” “The New Adventures of He-Man” and “Power Rangers.”
Linder said she has recently started selling her art at Comic cons and loves to connect and network amongst other artists. Working under her artist name, Magical Neko Notes, she creates Illustrations in her anime style. Linder also creates original origami earrings, all items she sells at Comic-con events.
This is the first time she has met a celebrity at the Comicon event, she said.
“He was so laid back!” she said, speaking about Olesker. “It encouraged me to keep pushing my art, and wants to open more of these doors for young people in our community,” she said.
Linder is using her interest and talent in Japanese-graphic art to help promote abstract youth programs at the library. She has launched a “Riddler’s Riddle Challenge,” a monthly riddle contest based on the Batman series, Builds gunplay models at Gryphons with a group she and her friends started, and also will be starting a manga/graphic novel reading club for young readers in December.
“I want to encourage our young readers to do more than just read what is mainstream and trendy,” she said. “I want them to see that there is a better story that feeds the imagination that doesn’t get the spotlight.”
“I have projects planned daily and activities for our young community members,” she said.
Linder says she has also become involved in the Colleton County Arts Council community and is working with other artists, who also like anime style and Comic-con enthusiasts who live in Walterboro. “There are a lot of people who are interested in this type of art, and I would like to bring it to our young people who come to the library,” she said
For more information about the Colleton County Memorial Library’s activity schedule for youth, visit www.colletonlibrary.org.

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