Famous 21st Century Cartoonists

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 1 Matt Groening

Matt Groening
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Famous As: Cartoonist, Animator
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 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.

 3 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.
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 4 Bill Watterson

Bill Watterson
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: June 30, 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 Todd McFarlane

Todd McFarlane
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Famous As: Comic book artist best known as the creator of the popular Spawn comics.
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.

 6 Gary Larson

Gary Larson
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Famous As: Cartoonist
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. 

 7 Joseph Joe Barbera

Joseph Joe Barbera
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Famous As: Director, Animator
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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 8 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.

 9 Scott Adams

Scott Adams
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Famous As: Comics artist, Economist, Journalist
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

Aaron McGruder
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Famous As: Writer, Cartoonist & Public Speaker
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 Jim Lee

Jim Lee
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Famous As: Publisher and Chief Creative Officer of DC Comics
Birthdate: August 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Korean-American comic-book artist Jim Lee began his career with Marvel and then soared to fame with his X-Men series. Though initially trained in psychology, he skipped medical school and became a comic writer instead. Apart from co-founding Image Comics, he also created WildStorm, which he sold to DC later.

 12 J. Michael Straczynski

J. Michael Straczynski
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Film producer, Novelist, Journalist, Writer, Playwright, Science fiction writer
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.

 13 Garry Trudeau

Garry Trudeau
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: July 21, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, 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.

 14 Alison Bechdel

Alison Bechdel
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Famous As: Known for the Long-Running Comic Strip 'Dykes to Watch Out For'
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.

 15 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.

 16 Steve Ditko

Steve Ditko
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Famous As: Comic book artist who co-created The Amazing Spider-Man and Doctor Strange comics, as well as The Creeper
Birthdate: November 2, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Johnstown, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 29, 2018

Steve Ditko was a writer and comics artist. He is credited with co-creating popular Marvel Comics superheroes like Doctor Strange and Spider-Man. Ditko is also credited with co-creating Captain Atom, a character that appears in DC Comics. Ditko received several awards including many Alley Awards. In 1994, he was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame.

 17 Kevin Eastman

Kevin Eastman
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Famous As: Comics artist, Publisher, Screenwriter
Birthdate: May 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Portland, Maine, United States

 18 Craig McCracken

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

 19 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

 20 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.

 21 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.

 22 Berkeley Breathed

Berkeley Breathed
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Famous As: Author, Writer, Cartoonist
Birthdate: June 21, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Encino

 23 Marjane Satrapi

Marjane Satrapi
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Famous As: Novelist
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.

 24 Jessie Cave

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

 25 Rob Liefeld

Rob Liefeld
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Famous As: Editor, Comics writer, Draughtsperson, Screenwriter
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.

 26 Doug Jones

Doug Jones
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 24, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

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.

 27 Alex Ross

Alex Ross
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Famous As: Comics artist, Illustrator, Painter
Birthdate: January 22, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Portland

 28 Al Jaffee

Al Jaffee
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Famous As: Cartoonist, Journalist
Birthdate: March 13, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Savannah

 29 Ed Brubaker

Ed Brubaker
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Famous As: Writer, Cartoonist
Birthdate: November 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bethesda

 30 Jhonen Vasquez

Jhonen Vasquez
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: September 1, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States

 31 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

 32 Quentin Blake

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

 33 Art Spiegelman

Art Spiegelman
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Famous As: Cartoonist, Writer, Editor, Educator
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.

 34 Albert Uderzo

Albert Uderzo
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Famous As: Comic book artist
Birthdate: April 25, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fismes, France
Died: March 24, 2020

 35 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.

 36 Mike Mignola

Mike Mignola
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Famous As: Comics artist, Novelist, Artist, Screenwriter
Birthdate: September 16, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berkeley

 37 Ralph Steadman

Ralph Steadman
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: May 15, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wallasey, Merseyside, England

 38 Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney
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Famous As: Author, Cartoonist
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.

 39 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

 40 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

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.

 41 Dave Sim

Dave Sim
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: May 17, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hamilton

 42 Derf

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

 43 Gerald Scarfe

Gerald Scarfe
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Famous As: Caricaturist, Illustrator, Designer, Animator, Artist, Postage stamp designer, Painter
Birthdate: June 1, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St John's Wood

 44 Raina Telgemeier

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

 45 Jake Tapper

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.

 46 Glen Keane

Glen Keane
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: April 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

 47 Randall Munroe

Randall Munroe
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Famous As: Programmer, Comics artist, Writer, Computer scientist, Physicist
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.

 48 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

 49 Neal Adams

Neal Adams
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Famous As: Comics artist
Birthdate: June 15, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City

 50 Marv Wolfman

Marv Wolfman
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Famous As: Comics artist, Editor, Writer
Birthdate: May 13, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brooklyn