How to get a cartoon character from scratch?
That’s what some cartoonists said after the Trump administration issued a new ban on making and selling Christmas and Halloween cartoon characters.
That ban, which went into effect on Dec. 31, also prevents the sale of Christmas and holiday-themed characters made in China.
Some cartoonists are still trying to make new cartoon characters and characters inspired by other Christmas and Holiday characters, but they are facing challenges.
One artist who specializes in making cartoon characters told The Associated Press the new ban is “going to be the death knell for any attempts to make characters for the holidays.”
He said the ban also prevents him from doing the work he does for a nonprofit he founded called the Holiday Art Museum.
“It’s going to kill me,” said artist and cartoonist Dan Fink, who founded the museum in 2004.
He has worked with more than 300 children, adults and seniors at the museum.
“The only thing I can do is take it upon myself to try and find something else to make for the kids,” Fink said.
Fink says the new Trump administration ban “will be the end of me doing Christmas and holidays cartoons.”
Fink’s work includes characters inspired in part by characters that were created for the holiday, such as Mickey Mouse.
He also drew characters inspired from the popular Christmas show “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.”
But some of Finks work isn’t inspired by any of the original characters he created.
The American Museum of American History says it’s still working with the Trump Administration on its new ban.
It has been working on a new holiday-oriented version of the character, called The Holiday Wizard, which Fink created for children’s birthday parties in 2012.
The museum says the original character is based on a character called The Merryman, who first appeared in a cartoon in the 1940s.
It says the character inspired the Merryman to make toys for kids and help them escape the cold.
The new ban also bans the use of existing characters that are based on characters that originated in the United States, such a Christmas tree, or the character named Santa Claus, or a character named The Saint.
The Disney Company says it will continue to use existing characters for its holiday shows and movies.
But it says it doesn’t believe it’s appropriate to use the characters of its cartoon characters to promote products from China.
Disney did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the ban.
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