MCC Employee Produces Cartoon Strip

(Bradenton, Fla., Nov. 14, 2007) - Sarasota native Rick Hotton, instructional assistant at Manatee Community College (MCC) Bradenton, often doodles while students are busy taking mathematics tests. From amongst those doodles emerged "Holy Molé," a diligent seeker of the meaning of life who is the central character in Hotton's comic strip, which appeared for the first time in the November edition of "positivechange" magazine.

This past summer, "Holy Molé" also garnered positive attention from Herald-Tribune readers when the daily newspaper sponsored a contest in search of a new comic strip. After 11,000 readers voted for their choice, Hotton's cartoons emerged as the clear favorite. However, the newspaper's comics section was subsequently cut back and Hotton's determination to see his cartoons published temporarily thwarted.

Hotton, 49, also is the owner of West Wind Karate-do in Sarasota. In the disarming humor of Holy Molé's urgent quest, he found a new way to teach some of the spiritual lessons he tries to teach karate students.  A second main character, "Kool Kat," allows Hotton to express a more pragmatic, fun-loving and sometimes enlightening view of life. A "very Zen" turtle, a couple of penguins and other creatures also inhabit Holy Molé's perplexing world. Hotton hopes to make his readers think, lift their spirits and leave them with a smile.

For more information about the Holy Molé cartoon strip, visit Hotton's Web site at

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