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American Color Executive Joins Potential Competitor

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American Color Executive Joins Potential Competitor

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TIM ROSENTHAL HAS resigned as syndicate coordinator at American Color to become production manager at Koessler Graphics, a new printing and prepress company which reportedly plans to compete with AC in the Sunday comics arena.

AC handles, among other things, the computerized coloring of Sunday comics. It is the prepress division of Sullivan Graphics, which prints more than 300 Sunday comics sections.

Koessler Graphics is headed by William Koessler, who was a Sullivan executive until a few months ago. He could not be reached for comment.

When asked why he switched companies, Rosenthal would only say, "I decided to make a career change." When asked his feelings about AC, he replied, "I enjoyed every year I was there."

Rosenthal, who left AC on Aug. 5 and joined Koessler on Aug. 8, was with AC for 18 years. During that time, he became a well-known and well-liked figure among cartoonists.

"People didn't know American Color; they knew Tim," said comic writer Mark Cohen. "For the artists in the business, Tim was American Color. Tim was universally respected. He did so much more than his job."

Cohen contributes frequently to "Wee Pals" by Morrie Turner of Creators Syndicate and occasionally to "Gasoline Alley" by Jim Scancarelli of Tribune Media Services.

"When there was a problem, we knew we could call Tim and get it fixed immediately," said "Non Sequitur" creator Wiley, who worked closely with Rosenthal to improve the Sunday color process used in his Washington Post Writers Group-distributed comic. "I trust him implicitly."

Mell Lazarus, the former National Cartoonists Society president who does "Momma" and "Miss Peach" for Creators, said, "It was a pleasure to work with Tim. There was a lot more to him than just processing the Sunday pages. And he's done so much for the NCS."

Rosenthal, 38, has been involved in printing the NCS newsletter and annual Reuben Award journal, and as acting chairman of the organization's Upstate New York Chapter. …

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