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口下手で料理好きの父親を主人公、家庭や会社の人間ドラマをほのぼのと描いた漫画 「クッキングパパ」が昨年末、「週刊モーニング」(講談社)で連載千回を迎えた。

What is the first に particle doing?

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How about adding して after 主人公に? – user1016 Oct 13 '13 at 15:32
Reference: ci.nii.ac.jp/naid/110008005817 – snailplane Oct 16 '13 at 13:40
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As Chocolate said above, this に means "with" or "using".

AをBに = "With A as B" or "using A as B"

口下手で料理好きの父親を主人公に modifies 描いた = "drawn with a 口下手で料理好きの父親 as its hero"

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