Born in New Jersey, I was raised in Bloomfield, a bedroom community a half hour due west of Manhattan. In high school, I drew a short-lived comic strip "Our Table" which followed the imaginary exploits of fellow students. Readership was limited to those sitting around me at our lunchroom table. About this time, I first submitted work to The New Yorker, and soon received my first rejection.
In August of 1977 the magazine purchased one of my ideas. It was given to and executed by veteran cartoonist Whitney Darrow Jr. ( the drawing, of a fortune teller saying to a customer, "Nothing will ever happen to you" appeared in the issue of December 26, 1977). I began contributing regularly to The New Yorker in 1978 - my first drawing appeared in the April 17th issue.
In 1988 I married fellow New Yorker cartoonist, Liza Donnelly. We and our two children live in New York. For a nearly complete list of books including my work (the list doesn't include work reprinted in textbooks and the like) please go to the Library section of this site.
Below is something I call Cartoonography, a series of 20 autobiographical drawings that appeared in February of 2008 on the New Yorker's website along with a number of 28 written pieces. The written pieces remain on the New Yorker site, but Cartoonography can now only be seen here. It chronicles my journey to becoming a New Yorker cartoonist.