Gary Brookins

Gary Brookins

Gary Brookins has been the editorial cartoonist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch since January 1979. His cartoons are syndicated by King Features Syndicate to over

400 newspapers nationwide, and his work frequently appears in newspapers, periodicals, and books in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Brookins also draws the comic strips "Pluggers," distributed by Tribune Media Services to nearly 80 newspapers, and "Shoe", which he co-produces with Chris Cassatt. "Shoe" is also syndicated by TMS to over 600 newspapers worldwide. In addition, Brookins and Cassatt worked with Dave Barry, producing an illustration to accompany Dave's weekly humor column until his "retirement" in December 2004. They continue to

Illustrate his annual "Year in Review" column.

In addition to numerous awards from the Virginia Press Association, including First Place for editorial cartooning and "Best in Show" for art in 2002, Brookins has received the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, and a Dragon Slayer Citation from the United States Business and Industrial Council.

A native of Panama City, Florida, Brookins earned an Associate of Arts degree from Gulf Coast Junior College in 1970, and a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from the University of West Florida in 1972. Prior to coming to Richmond he was a graphic artist at Gulf Coast Community College for a year, and a television art director for five years.

When not drawing cartoons, Brookins enjoys painting and playing the bass clarinet and saxophone.

He and his wife, Janet, have four sons, two daughters-in-law and one grandson.

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