Happy Birthday: Leonard Rifas
Born in 1951, Leonard Rifas loved comics but found cartooning to be hard work. He wanted to make sure the stories and messages he conveyed were important enough to demand such time and attention, so he turned to educational comics.
In 1976, he produced All-Atomic Comics, about the use of nuclear energy. That same year he created Educomics, a publishing label for educational comics, under which he has published such titles as Gen of Hiroshima and his own An Army of Principles: The History and Philosophy of the American Revolution.
Rifas has also taught cartooning to people of all ages, and has written books and articles about comics.