2015-01-21 / Front Page

Mainer launches a cartoon contest

PORTLAND (AP) — The Maine poet and filmmaker who spends much of his free time documenting the graves of dead poets is launching a cartoon contest inspired by the attack against the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris.

Walter Skold says his “Laugh Your Head Off” contest aims to celebrate free expression.

He says the goal is “to defend freedom of expression, resist Islamist intimidation, and actually have some fun.”

The Freeport, Maine, man is best known for creating the “Dead Poets Society of America” and his cross-country travels to visit to the graves of American poets.

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