" Meet Dan Budzban, 6th grade Rainbow Valley Teacher and
Cartoonist for the comic strip, Desktop Bandits."

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Dan was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin in 1975. He further pursued his education, attending The University of Wisconsin at Madison where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Arts in 1999. He married his wife, Stephanie, in 2001 and moved to Arizona. He enrolled in the Rio Teacher Prep Program, earning his teaching certificate. He has been a teacher in the Liberty School District for 8 years.

Dan's interest in cartooning started at an early age, reading Peanuts and Garfield in the daily paper as well as watching lots of Looney Tunes on Saturday mornings. In June, of 2007, Dan attended the Gilchrist Cartoon Academy Apprenticeship program in Avon Connecticut where he learned how to professionally cartoon . During his time there, he was fortunate enough to work alongside Guy Gilchrist, the cartoonist for Jim Henson's Muppets cartoon in the early 1980's and is currently the cartoonist on the comic strip Nancy seen in hundreds of newspapers across the United States. Dan also worked with Scott Lincoln and George Sellas, two extremely talented cartoonists and artists.

Dan's comic strip, the Desktop Bandits, revolves around a group of school supplies caught up in the every day educational humor. Dan draws on his educational background for his stories. It   has been in creation for three years with the most recent work being viewed on this website. 

This strip reminds us about personal hygiene!! 


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