Wayno & Piraro

About

Bizarro is a surreal comic panel where UFOs hover, dynamite sizzles, upside-down birds soar, and a slice of pie hides in every corner. Bizarro is the stage where cartoonists Wayno (one name only, please) and Dan Piraro present their eccentric worldview, sprinkled with cryptic secret symbols. Highly praised for its artwork and off-the-wall humor, Bizarro appeals to literate audiences who enjoy offbeat humor.

Bizarro takes an odd, satirical and, yes, even bizarre look at human behavior in all its forms. Observing simple everyday things with a twisted sensibility, the panel offers a reliably weird rectangle of absurdity on the comics page, in print and in pixels.

After almost 35 years of writing and drawing a joke every single day, Dan has given himself a much-deserved break, and now only creates the Sunday cartoons. Beginning on January 1, 2018, the Monday-through-Saturday cartoons are now all drawn and written by Dan’s good friend and longtime colleague, Wayno, although they collaborate on many of the ideas and discuss how to make each one the best it can be.

Wayno began writing gags for Bizarro in 2009, assisted as Bizarro's colorist for three years, and twice served as guest artist before joining up as the daily cartoonist.

Piraro won The National Cartoonists Society’s "Best Newspaper Cartoon Panel" an unprecedented three years in a row (2000, 2001 and 2002). He also received nominations again in 2006 and 2007. Piraro won the prestigious Reuben Award for “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year” from the National Cartoonists Society in 2010.

Author

Dan Piraro

Dan Piraro is an art school dropout of the '70s and worked extensively as a commercial illustrator while attempting to get his cartooning career going. Bizarro was first syndicated in 1985 and continues to be the highest-rated comic among his close friends and family, as well as (one would hope) dozens of people around the world.

Fourteen or so books of Piraro's work have been published, some having little or nothing to do with his cartooning career. In addition to his grueling, daily endeavors as a cartoonist, he also paints, composes and performs music, does stand-up comedy, writes a regular humor column for VegNews magazine, and shouts at idiots on his television.

An avid animal-rights advocate and ethical vegan since 2002, Piraro has spoken to dozens of vegan and animal rights groups and has won several Humane Society awards in recognition of his creative animal-rights work.

Bizarro won three consecutive Reuben Awards in the years 2000, 2001 and 2002, from the National Cartoonists Society for "Best Cartoon Panel." In 2010, Piraro won the National Cartoonists Society's highest award, Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year.

Visit Dan's blog at: http://www.bizarrocomics.com/

Wayno®

Wayno is a cartoonist, illustrator, writer, and musician based in Pittsburgh, PA.

He's worked in underground and alternative comics, and has enjoyed a long career as a humorous illustrator, working with such clients as The New Yorker, Nickelodeon Magazine, Rhino Records, Entertainment Weekly, The Guardian and The New York Times.

His comics panel WaynoVision ran online from 2014 through 2017. As a writer, Wayno created more than 150 gags for Bizarro, and filled in twice as Bizarro's guest cartoonist. He's also written many gags for Hilary Price's Rhymes With Orange, and served as Hilary's guest cartoonist for a week in 2012.

He has mounted several one-man exhibits of his "cartoon pop" paintings and illustration art. Wayno also performs on harmonica, ukulele, and vocals with The Red Beans & Rice Combo, a trio that includes fellow cartoonist Dave Klug on drums and pianist Tom Roberts.

Wayno is a member of the United Cartoon Workers of America, the National Cartoonists Society, and the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators. His rumored association with the enigmatic Bushmiller Society has never been definitively confirmed.

Visit Wayno’s blog at http://waynocartoons.blogspot.com/

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