As far back as I can remember, I've been compulsively doodling on any surface available, from napkins and desktops to test sheets and blue books. Growing up, I drew a comics page for my neighborhood newspaper, caricatured at carnivals, drew sports cartoons for the Palo Alto Times, and later, in college, illustrated beginner English and math books. After receiving an M.F.A. in painting from the University of California, Berkeley, I decided to try my hand at freelance cartooning. Early sales to national magazines included TV Guide, The Saturday Evening Post, Audubon, Good Housekeeping and National Lampoon. I also sold work to a variety of farm, medical and law magazines as well as to a few "niche" publications such as Turkey World and Death Penalty Reporter. In 1999 my daily panel and Sunday strip, That's Life, began international syndication by The Washington Post Writers Group. The feature ran through 2005, appearing in many big-city newspapers including The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle. My first New Yorker cartoon was published in 1980 and I've continued to be a contributor to the magazine ever since.