Mr. Fish: Using humor for social change

Dwayne Booth has been drawing cartoons for 20 years. His cartoons help connect people from different backgrounds and bring the emotional strength and empathy that is difficult to find elsewhere. Within his art, he conveys the feelings of issues important to our everyday life, an insight that is a lot more powerful than simply knowing the facts. Booth began his art in 1990 and has been featured in The Atlantic, The Nation, Los Angeles Times, TruthDig, and Vanity Fair. He has won numerous accolades for his art, including several AAN Alt Weekly Awards, the Grambs Aronson Award for Cartooning with a Conscience, and the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Editorial Cartooning from the Society of Professional Journalists. He’s currently teaching at both the University of Pennsylvania and Barnard College.

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Mr Fish
Mr. Fish has been a freelance writer and cartoonist for twenty-five years, publishing with many of the nation's most reputable and prestigious magazines, journals and newspapers. His work has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice, the LA Weekly, the Atlantic, The Nation, Vanity Fair, Mother Jones, the Advocate, Z Magazine,, and on He has curated art exhibits that explore the history of commentative art and satire for the University of Southern California, the University of Pennsylvania, the Center for Media at Risk for the Annenberg School of Communication and the University of Connecticut. In 2008 and 2017 he was presented with a first-place award by the Los Angeles Press Club for editorial cartooning. In 2010 and 2011 he was awarded the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Editorial Cartooning from the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2012 he was awarded the Grambs Aronson Award for Cartooning with a Conscience. His most recent books are Go Fish: How to Win Contempt and Influence People, Akashic Books 2011, WARNING! Graphic Content, Annenberg Press 2014, and And Then the World Blew Up, Fantagraphics Books 2017. He is the subject of a new documentary film called Mr. Fish: Cartooning from the Deep End and is currently teaching at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.


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