Famous 21st Century Cartoonists

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 1 
Matt Groening
(Cartoonist, Writer and Producer Known for His TV Series ‘The Simpsons’, ‘Futurama’ and ‘Disenchantment’)
Matt Groening
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Birthdate: February 15, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
Matt Groening is best known as the creator of the iconic animated sitcom The Simpsons, which is the longest-running American primetime TV series and has won Groening 11 Emmys. He had initially gained fame for the comic strip Life in Hell and also created Futurama and the Netflix series Disenchantment.
 2 
Mike Judge
(Actor, Cartoonist, Director, Musician)
Mike Judge
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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.
 3 
Alan Moore
(Writer)
Alan Moore
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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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 4 
Bill Watterson
(Cartoonist and the Author of the Comic Strip ‘Calvin and Hobbes’)
Bill Watterson
12
Birthdate: 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Bill Watterson is a retired cartoonist and author. He is credited with writing the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes which was syndicated from 1985 to 1995. In 1988, Watterson became the sixth person to win the Reuben Award twice. In 2020, he was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame.

 5 
Joseph Joe Barbera
(Director, Co-Founder of the Animation Studio and Production Company ‘Hanna-Barbera’)
Joseph Joe Barbera
6
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.

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Todd McFarlane
(Comic book artist best known as the creator of the popular Spawn comics.)
Todd McFarlane
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Birthdate: March 16, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Calgary, Canada

Todd McFarlane is a Canadian writer, artist, comic book creator, filmmaker, and entrepreneur. Renowned for his artistic work on The Amazing Spider-Man, Todd became a comic book superstar during the 1980s and 1990s for his work on the Spider-Man franchise. As an entrepreneur, Todd McFarlane is credited with founding Todd McFarlane Productions and its subsidiary McFarlane Toys.

 7 
Gary Larson
(Cartoonist)
Gary Larson
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Birthdate: August 14, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington

Gary Larson is an American environmentalist, cartoonist, and former musician. He is credited with creating a single-panel cartoon series titled The Far Side, which was syndicated for 15 years to over 1,900 newspapers around the world. In 1990 and 1994, Gary Larson was honored by the National Cartoonists Society (NCS) with the prestigious Reuben Award. 

 8 
Robert Crumb
(American Cartoonist, Musician and Founder of the First Successful Underground Comix Publication ‘Zap Comix’)
Robert Crumb
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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.

 9 
Scott Adams
(Comics artist, Economist, Journalist)
Scott Adams
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Birthdate: June 8, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Windham (town), New York

Best known for his iconic comic strip Dilbert, Scott Adams has an MBA degree and has worked in banks and tech firms earlier. The character Dilbert first appeared in Adams’s office presentations and was inspired by his co-workers. His social-media video series, Coffee with Scott Adams, too, was quite popular.

 10 
Aaron McGruder
(Writer, Cartoonist & Public Speaker)
Aaron McGruder
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Birthdate: May 29, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago

Aaron McGruder is an American writer, cartoonist, screenwriter, producer, and lecturer. He is best known for writing a Universal Press Syndicate comic strip titled The Boondocks. He also wrote its TV series adaptation where he served as the creator, head writer, and executive producer.

 11 
J. Michael Straczynski
(Screenwriter, Film producer, Novelist, Journalist, Writer, Playwright, Science fiction writer)
J. Michael Straczynski
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Birthdate: July 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paterson

The son of a manual laborer, J. Michael Straczynski grew up to graduate in psychology and sociology. Best known for writing the Marvel Comics series The Amazing Spider-Man, he has written for both TV and films, apart from authoring his own books and creating the sci-fi TV show Babylon 5.

 12 
Garry Trudeau
(American Cartoonist Best Known for Creating the 'Doonesbury' Comic Strip)
Garry Trudeau
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Birthdate: July 21, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Pulitzer Prize-winning American cartoonist, Garry Trudeau is best known for creating the Doonesbury comic strip which reflected social and political life in the US. He is also the creator and executive producer of the Amazon Studios political comedy series Alpha House. Trudeau has contributed articles to The New Republic, The New Yorker, New York,  Rolling Stone, and The Washington Post.
 13 
Alison Bechdel
(Known for the Long-Running Comic Strip 'Dykes to Watch Out For')
Alison Bechdel
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Birthdate: September 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beech Creek, Pennsylvania, United States

Cartoonist Alison Bechdel is best known for her Dykes to Watch Out For strip, which gained a lot of popularity in various LGBT weeklies. The strip’s prime character is believed to be modeled on her. The lesbian artist’s works gave rise to the Bechdel Test, which targets gender inequality in Hollywood.

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Craig McCracken
(Animator)
Craig McCracken
5
Birthdate: March 31, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Charleroi, Pennsylvania, U.S.
 15 
John Byrne
(Comic-book Writer & Artist)
John Byrne
5
Birthdate: July 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: West Bromwich, England
 16 
Kevin Eastman
(Comics artist, Publisher, Screenwriter)
Kevin Eastman
5
Birthdate: May 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Portland, Maine, United States
 17 
Dav Pilkey
(Author and Illustrator of the Children's Book Series 'Captain Underpants' & 'Dog Man')
Dav Pilkey
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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.

 18 
Caroll Spinney
(Puppeteer)
Caroll Spinney
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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.

 19 
Marjane Satrapi
(Graphic Novelist Known for Her Works 'Persepolis' and 'Chicken with Plums')
Marjane Satrapi
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Birthdate: November 22, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rasht, Iran

Marjane Satrapi is a graphic novelist, illustrator, cartoonist, children's book author, and film director. Satrapi achieved international recognition in the early-2000s after releasing her critically acclaimed graphic novels. She is best known for writing and directing an animated biographical drama film titled Persepolis, which received nominations at prestigious award ceremonies, such as the Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, and Golden Globes.

 20 
Rob Liefeld
(Editor, Comics writer, Draughtsperson, Screenwriter)
Rob Liefeld
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Birthdate: October 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Anaheim

Rob Liefeld is a comic book creator best known for co-creating characters like Deadpool and Cable. In the 1990s, he achieved popularity for his work on Marvel Comics' X-Force and The New Mutants. Rob Liefeld is credited with co-creating Image Comics which went on to become the third-largest comic book publisher.

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Berkeley Breathed
(Author, Writer, Cartoonist)
Berkeley Breathed
5
Birthdate: June 21, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Encino
 22 
Alex Ross
(Comics artist, Illustrator, Painter)
Alex Ross
5
Birthdate: January 22, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Portland
 23 
Ed Brubaker
(Comic Book Writer Who Works Primarily in the Crime Fiction Genre)
Ed Brubaker
5
Birthdate: November 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bethesda, Maryland, United States
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Al Jaffee
(Cartoonist, Journalist)
Al Jaffee
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Birthdate: March 13, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Savannah
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Jhonen Vasquez
(Cartoonist)
Jhonen Vasquez
5
Birthdate: September 1, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States
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Bud Luckey
(Animator)
Bud Luckey
5
Birthdate: July 28, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Billings, Montana, USA
Died: February 24, 2018
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Albert Uderzo
(Comic book artist)
Albert Uderzo
5
Birthdate: April 25, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fismes, France
Died: March 24, 2020
 28 
Jeff Kinney
(Author, Cartoonist)
Jeff Kinney
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Birthdate: February 19, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Washington, Maryland, United States

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.

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Quentin Blake
(Cartoonist)
Quentin Blake
5
Birthdate: December 16, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sidcup, Kent, England
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Jessie Cave
(Actress)
Jessie Cave
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Birthdate: May 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
 31 
Mike Mignola
(Comics artist, Novelist, Artist, Screenwriter)
Mike Mignola
5
Birthdate: September 16, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berkeley
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Ralph Steadman
(Cartoonist)
Ralph Steadman
5
Birthdate: May 15, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wallasey, Merseyside, England
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Raina Telgemeier
(Cartoonist)
Raina Telgemeier
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Birthdate: May 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
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Bryan Lee O'Malley
(Canadian Cartoonist Best Known for His 'Scott Pilgrim' Series)
Bryan Lee O'Malley
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Birthdate: February 21, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, Ontario, Canada

Bryan Lee O'Malley is a Canadian cartoonist and musician. He is best known for his work in the Scott Pilgrim series. One of the most celebrated cartoonists of his generation, O'Malley has won several prestigious awards, such as the Doug Wright Award and Joe Shuster Award.

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Gerald Scarfe
(Caricaturist, Illustrator, Designer, Animator, Artist, Postage stamp designer, Painter)
Gerald Scarfe
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Birthdate: June 1, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St John's Wood
 36 
Richard Williams
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Birthdate: March 19, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: August 16, 2019
 37 
Art Spiegelman
(Cartoonist, Writer, Editor, Educator)
Art Spiegelman
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Birthdate: February 15, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stockholm

Art Spiegelman is an American cartoonist, comics advocate, and editor. His graphic novel Maus earned a special Pulitzer Prize for popularizing the comics medium among scholars. Over the years Spiegelman has helped promote a better understanding of comics. In 2005, he was named in Time's Top 100 Most Influential People list. He has also won many awards like Inkpot Award.

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Neal Adams
(Comics artist)
Neal Adams
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Birthdate: June 15, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
 39 
Derf
(Cartoonist)
Derf
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Birthdate: October 31, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Richfield, Ohio
 40 
Randall Munroe
(Programmer, Comics artist, Writer, Computer scientist, Physicist)
Randall Munroe
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Birthdate: October 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Easton

Randall Munroe quit his career as a NASA roboticist to re-live his childhood obsession with comics by creating the award-winning webcomic xkcd. He also writes a science blog and has penned New York Times bestsellers such as What If? and Thing Explainer. His other interests include kite photography.

 41 
Glen Keane
(Animator)
Glen Keane
5
Birthdate: April 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
 42 
Joe Simon
(Writer)
Joe Simon
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Birthdate: October 11, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States
Died: December 14, 2011
 43 
Jonathan Hickman
(Writer, Comics artist)
Jonathan Hickman
3
Birthdate: September 3, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: South Carolina
 44 
Marv Wolfman
(Comics artist, Editor, Writer)
Marv Wolfman
3
Birthdate: May 13, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
 45 
Dave Sim
(Cartoonist)
Dave Sim
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Birthdate: May 17, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hamilton
 46 
Judd Winick
(Cartoonist)
Judd Winick
3
Birthdate: February 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Long Island
 47 
Gail Simone
(Comics artist, Screenwriter)
Gail Simone
3
Birthdate: July 29, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oregon
 48 
Jeff Lemire
(Writer, Comics artist)
Jeff Lemire
3
Birthdate: March 21, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Essex County
 49 
Jack Chick
(Cartoonist)
Jack Chick
3
Birthdate: April 13, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: October 23, 2016
 50 
Daniel Clowes
(Cartoonist, Screenwriter, Writer)
Daniel Clowes
3
Birthdate: April 14, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago