John Deering's work as an artist began early in his childhood, when he translated his love of science fiction and dinosaurs into comic books. At the University of Arkansas, he focused on commercial and fine art, and went on to become a layout artist -- and then editorial cartoonist -- at the Democrat-Gazette. He was promoted to chief editorial cartoonist in 1988, and has gone on to earn numerous honors and awards for his work since then. Deering is a seven-time winner of the Arkansas Press Association's Best Editorial Cartoonist award, as well as the winner of the National Press Foundation's 1997 Berryman Award, among many others. His work has been compiled in two books, and he continues to create comics that go after everything from pop culture to politics.