Don Wimmer and Pat Brady

Don Wimmer's earliest memories are of doodling and drawing cartoons. He wasn't fussy about where his cartoons appeared, and his parents learned to hide phone bills, bank statements and other papers of importance. At age 12, Don entered a “Draw Spunky the Donkey” contest from the cover of a matchbook. He didn't win the contest, but he did continue to hone his cartooning skills.

Don drew a comic strip called “Old Man Munsk” for his college newspaper. (He graduated from Kean University with a degree in visual communications.) He did freelance illustration and gag writing and was the artist on "Ripley’s Believe It or Not!" for 14 years. In 2004, Don began writing and drawing “Rose Is Rose,” created by his cartooning hero and good friend, Pat Brady. Don lives in the foothills of New Jersey with his wife and three daughters.

Born in Louisville, Ky., Pat Brady started cartooning at the age of 5, drawing cartoons during Mass. The priest nicknamed him "Pasquale." Pat studied art and creative writing at the University of Wisconsin, graduating in 1969.

Pat has been nominated multiple times for Reuben Awards by the National Cartoonists Society; he won the 2004 Reuben for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year. Pat has also received the prestigious Wilbur Award from the Religious Public Relations Council. "Pearls Before Swine" cartoonist Stephan Pastis has described Pat Brady as "the nicest guy in cartooning." He lives in the Midwest.


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