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John McPherson was raised in a faraway place called Painted Post, New York. (We're not making this up.) He began cartooning at the age of four, with the bulk of his work appearing on walls, furniture and, at one point, a neighbor's dog. Most of this early work was poorly received. Discouraged, John turned his creative efforts to Play-Doh, pipe cleaners and Spirograph.

For the next fifteen years, John put his cartooning career on hold, until one day, during a very dull college engineering class, John drew a doodle in his notebook. His career was reborn. From that point in 1983, John began to draw voraciously despite the fact that his cartoons looked like he had drawn them using a pencil taped to his nose.

In the years that followed, John's cartoons appeared regularly in over forty magazines, and in 1992 Universal Press Syndicate and John teamed up to launch Close to Home. Since that time, Close to Home has earned its way into 700 papers worldwide, including The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Tokyo Times and Hanoi Daily News. In addition, John has published numerous book collections of his work, a yearly block calendar and an award-winning line of greeting cards with Recycled Paper Products.

In addition to his cartooning, John is an active speaker, talking to groups about the rigors of syndicated cartooning. He can be reached at closetohome@compuserve.com.

John lives in Saratoga Springs, New York, with his wife and two boys. When not drawing cartoons or playing with his kids, John spends time expanding his collection of soda-can pull tabs.


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