Steve Artley, twice named Best Editorial Cartoonist of the Year by the Minnesota Newspaper Association, he is known for his often hard hitting cartoons in support of environmental legislation and education.

A member in the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, Steve's cartooning career has produced honors such as participation in the International Cartoon Festival in Budapest, was member of a team of American cartoonists who met with their counterparts in (then Soviet) Moscow, was among a group of editorial cartoonists who were guests at the White House, and was invited to be among an American delegation of cartoonists visiting Cuba in early 1999.

Beginning in the Fall of 1998, Steve began teaching cartooning at The Art Tree, a privately-owned, nonprofit art school in Shorewood, Minnesota. His cartoons have appeared in newspapers and periodicals throughout the United States and Canada including the Washington Post and The New York Times. His work has also been published in various magazines, trade journals, congressional publications and school text books.

Also a graphic designer, Steve was awarded a trip to Germany and the Czech Republic for an art store window display, winning top honors in the national competition sponsored by Schwan-Stabilo - a German based art supply manufacturer.

In the autumn of 2013, he launched an illustrated anthology series, The Aphelion Arc that features original stories in science fiction and fantasy that he writes and illustrates from his studio in Alexandria, VA. His editorial cartoons appear in one of the Washington DC area's local newspapers, The Alexandria (VA) Gazette Packet and are syndicated by ARTIZANS throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Eddie Pittman, grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, where he taught himself how to draw in the back row of math class. As a kid, he won a 10-speed bicycle from the Kellog's "Stick-Up for Breakfast" Contest which has given him years of validation in his chosen field as he has since been known as an "award winning" cartoonist.

For over 20 years he has been a professional cartoonist, working in animation, comics and illustration.

Eddie began his animation career with Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida working on Mulan, Tarzan, Fantasia 2000, The Emperor's New Groove, and Lilo & Stitch. He made his directing debut with Legends of the Night Sky: Orion, the world's first full dome (360 x 180 degree) traditionally animated movie that gives planetarium audiences the sensation of being immersed in a cartoon environment.

Eddie is also the creator and award winning all-ages webcomic, Red's Planet.

Currently, Eddie is a writer/storyartist for Disney's hit series, Phineas and Ferb and resides in Southern California with his wife, two daughters, and the cat.

 

Hilary Price, has been drawing and writing Rhymes With Orange, her daily newspaper comic strip, since 1995. It has twice won "Best Newspaper Panel" by the National Cartoonists Society and appears in over 200 papers internationally. Her work has also appeared in Parade Magazine, The Funny Times, People, and Glamour. When she began drawing Rhymes With Orange, she was the youngest woman to ever have a syndicated strip.

One of my goals in the strip is to inspire more women to join the field. One of the ways I do that is by teaching a two hour gag writing workshop to folks (of all genders!) interested in how to get and keep getting cartoon ideas. I am also happy to look at people's work if they want to send me a dozen of their cartoons to critique.

My early inspirations were Dr. Seuss for the rhymes, Shel Silverstein for the clever word play and black-and-white illustrations, and The New Yorker cartoonists Roz Chast, Sam Gross, and George Booth. I'd like to think like Roz Chast, draw like George Booth and the chutzpah of Sam Gross.

Greeting card artist Sandra Boynton, was also a major influence. Her work was huge when I was in the eight grade, and it was a defining monent for me when I learned that Boynton's first name was Sandra. Up to that point I had assumed she was a he. The fact that a "she" was doing funny drawings opened up the possibility that I could, too. I encourage all female artists to sign their full name on their work-whether or not you realize it, it can be a powerful and inspiring statement. (One of the BEST things that has happened as a result of being a cartoonist is that I have had the opportunity to meet Sandra Boynton. She is every bit as cool and funny as your would imagine!)

My first actual cartoon character was a friendly monster that looked a little like a sitting-down hippopotamus. I used my mother's blusher from her cosmetic's bag to "paint" it. That's probably the last time I have touched a cosmetic bag for any purpose.

Hilary draws her strip in an old toothbrush factory that has since been converted to studio space for artists. She lives in western Massachusetts with her overly large dog and hoodlum cat.

 

Bill Hinds, is the drawing half of the team, with writer Jeff Millar, that created the sports comic strip Tank McNamara. Tank has been running steadily in as many as 300 papers since 1975. In 1987, Bill was named Sports Cartoonist of the Year by the National Cartoonist Society. Whe Jeff Millar pased away in November of 2012, Bill took over the writing duties.

Tank can be found on gocomics.com. There is also a Tank McNamara Facebook page www.facebook.com/TankMcNamaraComic

Hinds created, writes and draws the cartoon feature Buzz Beamer for the magazine Sports Illustrated Kids. Buzz Beamer has been the most popular feature in SI for Kids since the magazine's first issue in 1989. In 2001, Bill won the New Media division award atthe National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Awards for his online animations featuring Buzz. That animation can be found at www.sikids.com/buzzs-laugh-locker

In 2001 the busy cartoonist introduced a new comic strip, Cleats, about kids, parents, and sports. Cleats ran in as many as 50 newspapers. The feature concluded with a spooky strip on Halloween 2010.

Cleats reruns an be found on gocomics.com

In 2010 Bill traveled on a NCS/USO trip with several other cartoonists to visit troops in Iraq. Additionlly, he and fellow cartoonists have made several NCS/USO trips to visit wounded soldiers in base hospitals in the states.

Bill, was born on San Jacinto Day, April 21, 1950, in Houston, Texas. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine arts from Stephen F. Austin State University. (Go Lumberjacks!)

He formerly served on th board of both the National Cartoonists Society and the Newspaper Features Council.

Bill and his wife Lisa, live in Spring, Texas. They have three daughters scattered about the country.

updated 4/20/2014