Famous 21st Century Cartoonists

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 1 Mike Judge

Mike Judge.
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Famous As: Actor, Cartoonist, Director, Musician
Birthdate: October 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Animator and filmmaker Michael Judge is best known for creating the iconic animated series Beavis and Butt-Head. Fans also loved his Emmy- and Annie Award-winning work in King of the Hill, one of the longest-running U.S. animated series, and his Critics' Choice Award-winning work in Silicon Valley.

 2 Alan Moore

Alan Moore.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 18, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Northampton, England

Alan Moore is an English writer best known for his contributions to popular comic books, such as Batman: The Killing Joke, Watchmen, and The Ballad of Halo Jones. Some consider him to be the best comic book writer in the English language. His works have influenced several literary and television figures, such as Damon Lindelof, Joss Whedon, and Neil Gaiman.

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 3 Robert Crumb

Robert Crumb.
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: August 30, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Robert Crumb is a cartoonist whose work displays a satire of contemporary American culture. Crumb played a major role during the underground comix movement of the 1960s, contributing to the movement's seminal works. He is credited with founding Zap Comix, the first major underground comix series. In 1991, he was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame.

 4 Joseph Joe Barbera

Joseph Joe Barbera.
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: March 24, 1911
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Delancey Street, New York, United States
Died: December 18, 2006

Joseph Barbera was an American animator, cartoon artist, storyboard artist, director, and producer. He is credited with co-producing Tom and Jerry along with William Hanna while working at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Barbera is also credited with co-founding the popular animation studio Hanna-Barbera which produced world-renowned programs like Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones, and The Smurfs. Hanna-Barbera's shows have been translated into over 28 languages.

 5 Craig McCracken

Craig McCracken.
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: March 31, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Charleroi, Pennsylvania, U.S.

 6 John Byrne

John Byrne.
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Famous As: Comic-book Writer & Artist
Birthdate: July 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: West Bromwich, England

 7 Dav Pilkey

Dav Pilkey.
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: March 4, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Dav Pilkey is an American cartoonist, illustrator, and author of children's literature. Pilkey is best known for illustrating and authoring a popular children's book series named Captain Underpants which earned him the prestigious Disney Adventures Kids' Choice Award in 2007.

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 8 Caroll Spinney

Caroll Spinney.
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Famous As: Puppeteer
Birthdate: December 26, 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Waltham, Massachusetts, United States
Died: December 8, 2019

Caroll Spinney was an American cartoonist, puppeteer, artist, author, and speaker. He is best remembered for playing Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird on the popular educational children's TV series Sesame Street from 1969 to 2018. Over the course of his illustrious career, Caroll Spinney was honored with two Grammy Awards and four Daytime Emmy Awards.

 9 Jessie Cave

Jessie Cave
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England

 10 Justin Roiland

Justin Roiland
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stockton, California, USA

Justin Roiland is an American animator, voice actor, writer, director, and producer. He is credited with co-creating popular adult animated series like Adult Swim's Rick and Morty and Hulu's Solar Opposites. He is also credited with founding an animation studio named Justin Roiland's Solo Vanity Card Productions as well as a video game studio named Squanch Games.

 11 Doug Jones

Doug Jones
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 24, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Indianapolis Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.

Doug Jones is an American actor, mime artist, and contortionist. Jones is renowned for playing non-human creatures in sci-fi films and TV series. Over the years he has played important roles in popular films like Hellboy, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and Absentia. His portrayal of Captain Saru in Star Trek: Discovery earned him a Saturn Award.

 12 Bud Luckey

Bud Luckey
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: July 28, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Billings, Montana, USA
Died: February 24, 2018

 13 Piers Anthony

Piers Anthony
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 6, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oxford, England

Best known for his Xanth novels, such as Well-Tempered Clavicle and Esrever Doom, bestselling science fiction and fantasy author Piers Anthony was born to Quaker parents in Britain, who later settled in the U.S. He lives with his wife in a remote forest area in Central Florida.

 14 Quentin Blake

Quentin Blake
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: December 16, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sidcup, Kent, England

 15 Derf

Derf
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: October 31, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Richfield, Ohio

 16 Jake Tapper

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 12, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Jake Tapper is an American author, cartoonist, and journalist. Over the years, Jake Tapper's work as a journalist, which includes the coverage of President Barack Obama's inauguration, has been praised by many critics. As the Chief Washington Correspondent for CNN, Jake Tapper plays a vital role in the TV channel's coverage of political matters.

 17 Bryan Lee O'Malley

Bryan Lee O'Malley
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: February 21, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, Ontario, Canada

 18 Joe Simon

Joe Simon
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 11, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States
Died: December 14, 2011

 19 Raina Telgemeier

Raina Telgemeier.
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: May 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

 20 Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney.
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Famous As: Author, Cartoonist
Birthdate: February 19, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Washington, Maryland

Jeff Kinney is an American cartoonist and author best known for writing a series of children's fiction books named Diary of a Wimpy Kid which was adapted into a movie series of the same name. Jeff Kinney is also credited with creating a child-oriented website called Poptropica which was later adapted into an online role-playing game of the same name.

 21 Jack Chick

Jack Chick
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: April 13, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: October 23, 2016

 22 Richard Williams

Richard Williams
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: March 19, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: August 16, 2019

 23 Charb

Charb
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Famous As: Caricaturist
Birthdate: August 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France
Died: January 7, 2015

 24 Johnny Hart

Johnny Hart
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: February 18, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Endicott, New York, United States
Died: April 7, 2007

 25 Mort Walker

Mort Walker
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Famous As: Comics artist, Writer
Birthdate: September 3, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: El Dorado, Kansas, United States
Died: January 27, 2018

 26 Herb Gardner

Herb Gardner
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: December 28, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: September 25, 2003

 27 Cem Yılmaz

Cem Yılmaz
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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian, Actor
Birthdate: April 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey

 28 Hank Ketcham

Hank Ketcham
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: March 14, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Died: June 1, 2001

 29 Francoise Mouly

Francoise Mouly
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Famous As: Editor
Birthdate: October 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France

 30 Georges Wolinski

Georges Wolinski
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: June 28, 1934
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tunis, Tunisia
Died: January 7, 2015

 31 Coco

Coco
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: August 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Annemasse, France

 32 David Rees

David Rees
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Famous As: Humorist
Birthdate: June 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States

 33 Martin Sharp

Martin Sharp
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: January 21, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bellevue Hill, Australia
Died: December 1, 2013

 34 Herblock

Herblock
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Famous As: Editorial Cartoonist
Birthdate: October 13, 1909
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: October 7, 2001

 35 Marc Caro

Marc Caro
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: April 2, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nantes, France

 36 Loriot

Loriot
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: November 12, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brandenburg, Germany
Died: August 22, 2011

 37 Philippe Honoré

Philippe Honoré
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: November 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vichy, France
Died: January 7, 2015

 38 Morris

Morris
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: December 1, 1923
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kortrijk, Belgium
Died: July 16, 2001

 39 Al Williamson

Al Williamson
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: March 21, 1931
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: June 12, 2010

 40 Bruno Bianchi

Bruno Bianchi
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: September 6, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chartres, France
Died: December 2, 2011

 41 Jeff MacNelly

Jeff MacNelly
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: September 17, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: June 8, 2000

 42 Doug Marlette

Doug Marlette
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Famous As: Editorial cartoonists
Birthdate: December 6, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
Died: July 10, 2007

 43 Norman Thelwell

Norman Thelwell
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: May 23, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Birkenhead, England
Died: February 7, 2004

 44 Alex Anderson

Alex Anderson
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: September 5, 1920
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States
Died: October 22, 2010

 45 Paul Francis Conrad

Paul Francis Conrad
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Famous As: Political cartoonist
Birthdate: June 27, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
Died: September 4, 2010

 46 Dale Messick

Dale Messick
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Famous As: Comic-strip artist
Birthdate: April 11, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: South Bend, Indiana, United States
Died: April 5, 2005

 47 Bob Thaves

Bob Thaves
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Famous As: Comic strip artist
Birthdate: October 5, 1924
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Burt, Iowa, United States
Died: August 1, 2006

 48 Boris Yefimov

Boris Yefimov
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Famous As: Political cartoonist
Birthdate: September 28, 1900
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: October 1, 2008

 49 Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson
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Famous As: American cartoonist
Birthdate: August 1, 1931
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: West Virginia
Died: September 16, 2011

 50 Bill Gallo

Bill Gallo
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: December 28, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: May 10, 2011