Steve Martin collaborating on 'ultimate cartoon book'

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(Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File). FILE - This Oct. 14, 2016 file photo shows Steve Martin at the world premiere of "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk", during the 54th New York Film Festival in New York. Celadon Books announced Monday that Mart... (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File). FILE - This Oct. 14, 2016 file photo shows Steve Martin at the world premiere of "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk", during the 54th New York Film Festival in New York. Celadon Books announced Monday that Mart...

NEW YORK (AP) - Steve Martin could not be happier about his latest book and about the chance to work with New Yorker artist Harry Bliss.

Celadon Books announced Monday that Martin and Bliss were collaborating on the "ultimate cartoon book," currently untitled. It's scheduled for next year.

Martin, whose previous books include the novel "Shopgirl" and the memoir "Born Standing Up," praised Bliss as a cartoonist he "deeply" admires and "have never met." Besides his magazine work, Bliss has illustrated books by Kate DiCamillo and William Steig among others. He and Martin plan to create "original, never-before-seen cartoons," according to Celadon.

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