Monday, December 05, 2011

Press Release: Bizarro Guest Cartoonist 12/26/11 - 01/01/12

December 5, 2011 

Wayno Returns as Guest Cartoonist for Dan Piraro's Bizarro
December 26, 2011 through January 1, 2012 

Bizarro, Dan Piraro's aptly titled outlier of the daily comics page, will again showcase the cartoon work of Wayno during the week of December 26, 2011 through January 1, 2012. While Piraro takes a break Wayno will fill in with his own quirky take on the world at large. 

The two artists began collaborating in 2009, with Wayno serving as a regular gag writer, and early this year, becoming Bizarro's weekday colorist

Since the cartoon feature was launched in 1985, Wayno is only the second artist to sit in for Piraro. Cartoonist and television writer Francesco Marciuliano substituted for Piraro in July of 2008. Wayno's first appearance as guest cartoonist was in May of 2011. 

Piraro will spend the week in his underground laboratory, where the Bizarro Research Team is working to develop a Scotch-flavored cigar, or possibly a cigar-flavored Scotch. Speaking of his guest, Piraro said, "Apparently, our first choice, Nancy cartoonist Ernie Bushmiller, is still dead. Wayno wrapped some acceptable scribbles around a brick that recently came through our window, so we decided to print them." 

Wayno remarked, "I'm grateful for this opportunity to mind the store for Dan, and this time I promise to lock the door securely on my way out." Wayno's new batch of cartoons explores such topics as the local-food movement, health risks in the clowning industry, and family dynamics in ancient Egypt. The week concludes with what he claims to be the first Sunday newspaper comic to feature jazz great Miles Davis. 

Dan Piraro is the cartoonist behind Bizarro, a columnist for VegNews, a musician, and stand-up comic. Piraro was named Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year 2010 by the National Cartoonists Society, and received their prestigious Reuben Award. Bizarro is distributed by King Features Syndicate, and appears internationally in 350 newspapers. 

Wayno is a cartoonist, illustrator, pop artist, and writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. He is a member of the National Cartoonists Society, and one of the ToonSeum's founding board members. In 2010, Animal Friends selected him as their Honorary Artist for Black Tie & Tails, which raised over $400,000 for the pet adoption & resource center. 

For more information, visit the artists' blogs and Twitter feeds: 


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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the Animal Friends mention! We are also proud that your are our cartoonist for the esteemed Petsburgh Press newspaper! :)