Mike Twohy has
been drawing cartoons as far back as he can remember, prodigiously
and compulsively, on any available surface, from binders to place
mats. The launching of his panel That's
Life is the fulfillment of an ambition that began with
his first submission to syndicates at age 11: "I just remember
being delighted that the rejection letters addressed me as Mr.
grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where early work experience
in cartooning included drawing high-school sports cartoons
for the local paper and illustrating reading and math workbooks.
In college he studied fine art and received his M.F.A. in painting
in 1973 from the University of California, Berkeley. His
paintings were strongly influenced by the Pop Art movement and
often contained cartoon elements, so it didn't feel like a big jump
he says, when he began free-lance cartooning a few years
later. In a short period of time he was being published by Saturday
Review, TV Guide, Audubon and Esquire. "It was exciting
and addictive to reach so many people so quickly," he said.
In 1980 his first drawing was published in The New Yorker,
which has published his cartoons regularly ever since.