Cartoonists

A cartoonist is an artist skilled at drawing cartoons. Cartoons are drawings that depict humourous situations, often as satire, caricature or humour. Cartoonists work in print publications, animation, comic books, graphic novels, illustrations, graphic design, video games, television, films, etc. Even though cartoons are often meant to be humourous, they often convey deeper messages in an amusing way, especially in print or online publications. Cartoons may consist of just one picture, or a series of several pictures known as a comic strip. Cartoons are not realistic drawings, the features of people and animals are exaggerated to add to their effect. Often cartoons are accompanied by captions to convey a message to the audience. Cartoons as an art are not just about drawing funny pictures; through these pictures, the cartoonist has to connect with the readers and communicate to them a certain message. That is why political cartoons or satires are so popular—they convey a serious message in a humourous way. Depending upon the intended audiences, cartoonists may draw simple cartoons or more complex ones. In the field of animation, cartoonists also create storyboards for producing animated films. Browse through these biographies and timelines to explore the lives and works of various famous cartoonists from all over the world.
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 1 Dr. Seuss

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 2, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died: September 24, 1991

Dr. Seuss was an American children's author, illustrator, and political cartoonist. He is credited with writing some of the most famous children's books ever, including The Cat in the Hat. His works were translated into over 20 languages and sold more than 600 million copies by the time of his death. Many of his creations were adapted into animated cartoons.

 2 Shel Silverstein

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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 25, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: May 10, 1999

Shel Silverstein was an American writer, playwright, songwriter, and cartoonist. Renowned for his children's books, songs, and cartoons, Silverstein's works have been translated into over 30 languages. The recipient of many prestigious awards, such as Grammy Awards, Shel Silverstein was posthumously inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame.

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 3 Justin Roiland

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

 4 Matt Groening

Matt Groening
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Famous As: Cartoonist, Animator
Birthdate: February 15, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Portland
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.
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 5 William Hanna

William Hanna
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: July 14, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Melrose, New Mexico, United States
Died: March 22, 2001

 6 Rube Goldberg

Rube Goldberg
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: July 4, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Francisco, U.S.
Died: December 7, 1970
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 7 Dav Pilkey

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

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

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

 10 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.

 11 Steve Ditko

Steve Ditko
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Famous As: Comics artist, Screenwriter
Birthdate: November 2, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Johnstown

 12 Bill Watterson

Bill Watterson
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: July 5, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
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 13 Charles M. Schulz

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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: November 26, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: February 12, 2000

 14 Todd McFarlane

Todd McFarlane
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Famous As: Cartoonist, Comics artist, Screenwriter
Birthdate: March 16, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Calgary
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 15 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.

 16 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

 17 Gary Larson

Gary Larson
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: August 14, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington

 18 Ub Iwerks

Ub Iwerks
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: March 24, 1901
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Died: July 7, 1971

 19 Bob Kane

Bob Kane
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Famous As: Comic Book Writer
Birthdate: October 24, 1915
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: November 3, 1998

 20 Jessie Cave

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

 21 Aaron McGruder

Aaron McGruder
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Famous As: Writer, Cartoonist & Public Speaker
Birthdate: May 29, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago

 22 Rob Liefeld

Rob Liefeld
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Famous As: Editor, Comics writer, Draughtsperson, Screenwriter
Birthdate: October 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Anaheim

 23 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

 24 HergĂ©

Herge
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Famous As: Cartoonist (Creator of Tintin)
Birthdate: May 22, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Etterbeek, Belgium
Died: March 3, 1983

Better known by his pseudonym, Hergé, Belgian cartoonist Georges Prosper Remi was the man behind Tintin, a cartoon series that several generations of kids and young adults have grown up reading. He was a self-taught artist and wrote Destination Moon, featuring Tintin, 15 years before Neil Armstrong’s feat.

 25 Jean Giraud

Jean Giraud
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: May 8, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nogent-sur-Marne, France
Died: March 10, 2012

 26 Jim Lee

Jim Lee
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Famous As: Comics artist, Publisher, Blogger, Writer, Artist, Cartoonist, Visual artist
Birthdate: August 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Seoul

 27 R. K. Laxman

R K Laxman
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Famous As: Cartoonist & Creator of 'The Common Man"
Birthdate: October 24, 1921
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mysore
Died: January 26, 2015

 28 R.K. Laxman

R.K. Laxman
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: October 24, 1921
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mysore, Kingdom of Mysore, British India
Died: January 26, 2015

 29 Charles Addams

Charles Addams
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Famous As: Draughtsperson, Illustrator, Artist, Painter, Writer
Birthdate: January 7, 1912
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Westfield
Died: September 29, 1988

 30 Tove Jansson

Tove Jansson
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 9, 1914
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Helsinki
Died: June 27, 2001
Finnish author Tove Jansson was the woman behind the phenomenally successful children’s books and comics on the fictional white hippo-like creatures she called Moomins. While the Moomins books have been translated into more than 50 languages, Jansson’s literary works also include several other novels and short stories.

 31 Alison Bechdel

Alison Bechdel
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Famous As: Cartoonist, Comics Artist, writer
Birthdate: September 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beech Creek, Pennsylvania, United States

 32 Thomas Nast

Thomas Nast
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: September 27, 1840
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Landau
Died: December 7, 1902

 33 Garry Trudeau

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

 34 John Tenniel

John Tenniel
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Famous As: Illustrator
Birthdate: February 28, 1820
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bayswater, London, England
Died: February 25, 1914

 35 Art Spiegelman

Art Spiegelman
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Famous As: Cartoonist, Writer, Editor, Educator
Birthdate: February 15, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stockholm

 36 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.

 37 Joe Shuster

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Famous As: Comics artist, Designer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: July 10, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto
Died: July 30, 1992

 38 Alex Ross

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

 39 Craig McCracken

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

 40 Harvey Pekar

Harvey Pekar
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Famous As: Comics artist, Autobiographer, Writer, Music critic, Journalist
Birthdate: October 8, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cleveland
Died: July 12, 2010

 41 James Thurber

James Thurber
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Famous As: Cartoonist, Author, Journalist & Playwright
Birthdate: December 8, 1894
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Columbus
Died: November 2, 1961

 42 Quentin Blake

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

 43 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

 44 Derf

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

 45 Jhonen Vasquez

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

 46 Mike Mignola

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

 47 Piers Anthony

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

 48 Kevin Eastman

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

 49 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

 50 Fujiko F. Fujio

Fujiko F. Fujio
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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: December 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Takaoka, Toyama, Japan
Died: September 23, 1996
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