Mike Smith


Mike Smith has been a professionalcartoonist for more than 30 years. Smith works for the Las Vegas Sun,which first started running his work while he was still a senior in college. Inaddition to drawing a daily cartoon five days a week for the Sun,Smith also draws YouToon, a cartoon caption contest for USAToday. He is the author of Nuts for Racing, acollection of his cartoons on NASCAR racing. His work has appeared in the LosAngeles Times, Newsweek, Time, The Washington Post and The NewYork Times.


Mike Smith

Mike Smith was born in San Francisco in 1960.After graduating from Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, Smith earneda bachelor's degree in humanities from Loyola Marymount University in LosAngeles in 1982.

He knew that he wanted to be a professionalcartoonist the moment he saw how much trouble his cartoons created when theyappeared in his college newspaper, the Los Angeles Loyolan. After some advicefrom Paul Conrad at the Los Angeles Times, Smith began sending packages of hiscartoons to newspapers in search of a job.

After graduating, Smith honed his skills byday and pumped gas by night for National Car Rental at Los AngelesInternational Airport. The following year, he won first place in the TribuneCompany Syndicate's Campus Cartoon Contest. His determination and effort paidoff in 1983 when the Las Vegas Sun offered him a position as a staff editorialcartoonist.

Smith has won several awards from the NevadaPress Association and placed second two years in a row for Best EditorialCartoons at the National Headliner Awards. Casino owners, senators,celebrities, Bill Clinton and even the pope have asked for originals of hiswork.

As a result of his interest in NASCAR racing,Smith started drawing StockcarToons, a weekly cartoon on NASCARracing. StockcarToons 2, the second collection of theseNASCAR-themed cartoons, was published in March 2003.



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