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Aragones named Comic-Con icon

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Sergio Aragonés shows off his Icon Award.

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter

Sergio Aragonés is already an Ojai Valley icon.

Now the Ojai resident, who has been cartooning for MAD Magazine since 1962, can add Comic-Con icon to the list.

Aragonés was awarded Comic-Con International’s Icon Award during his annual visit to the San Diego convention in late July.

Other Icon awardees include George Lucas, Ray Bradbury, Joss Whedon and Matt Groening.

Aragonés said he was shocked by the award, which came by surprise while he was participating in a cartooning panel in front 3,000 Comic-Con attendees.

“I didn't even know what that award was!” he said, laughing.

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