Rick Kirkman was born a poor cartoonist in a log cabin drawn in lousy perspective...actually, in North Carolina.
He was an Air Force Brat, attending 10 schools in 12 years. Rick's professional career began in junior high, drawing a parody of Mad Magazine and, having only one copy, charged his friends to read it—until their parents found out and demanded refunds.
Rick was heavily influenced by Sparky Schulz (Peanuts) and Mad Magazine. He worked at a company where he drew Yellow Pages ads and met his future wife. After years as an ad agency art director, freelance graphic designer and humorous illustrator he became syndicated with Baby Blues.
Months of sleep deprivation after his wife gave birth to a small, crying person (their second) resulted in the creation of the comic strip, Baby Blues with partner Jerry Scott, also a Yellow Pages alum. Baby Blues is syndicated in over 1200 newspapers worldwide with more than 40 anthologies in print. A Baby Blues TV series aired on the WB Network. Rick received a Reuben award as Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year, 2012.
Rick’s current work is AREA 52, an illustrated middle-grade novel, partly inspired by his Air Force brat background. His adult suspense projects in progress now prompt his friends to view him suspiciously.
He lives in the Phoenix area with his wife and more cats and dogs than you can shake a stick at. He plays guitar, drums, swims with the dogs, brags about his kids and answers Mac tech support questions in his spare time.
Represented by: Marisa Corvisiero & Tessa Shaffer