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Harry Bliss
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Bliss at the 2018 U.S. National Book Festival
Born March 9, 1964 (1964-03-09) (age 57)
Rochester, New York
Nationality American
Area(s) cartoonist
Notable works
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Awards Maurice Sendak Fellowship, 2014
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Harry Bliss (born March 9, 1964 in Rochester, New York) is an American cartoonist and illustrator. Bliss has illustrated many books, and produced hundreds of cartoons and 21 covers for The New Yorker. Bliss has a syndicated single-panel comic titled Bliss. Bliss is syndicated through Tribune Content Agency and appears in over 80 newspapers in the United States, Canada and Japan.

Early life and education

Bliss grew up in New York State in an artistic family. There are eleven working visual artists in his immediate and extended family. Bliss studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and illustration at the University of the Arts, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts and later, at Syracuse University an M.A.

Career

Bliss has been a staff Cartoonist at The New Yorker magazine since 1997. His cartoon work has been published in The New York Times, Time magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer magazine, and other periodicals in the United States. Bliss's self-titled daily single-panel cartoon appears in major newspapers in the United States, Canada, and Japan. Bliss has published over 3,500 cartoons since 2005.

Bliss' first book for children, A Fine, Fine School, written by Sharon Creech, was a New York Times bestseller, as were Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Spider and Diary of a Fly (all written by Doreen Cronin). Beginning in 2019, Amazon Studios began airing a children's series 'Bug Diaries' based on these best-selling titles. Bliss' self-titled cartoon collection Death by Laughter, with an introduction by Christopher Guest, was published in 2008. In 2008 Bliss published Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken (Harper Collins), written by Kate DiCamillo.

In 2008, Bliss, advised by editorial team Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly, contributed a popular and critically acclaimed Toon Book, Luke On The Loose, the first book written and illustrated in comic book form by the artist.

Bailey, a picture book for children written and illustrated by Bliss, was published by Scholastic in the Fall of 2011 and followed by Bailey At the Museum in 2012. Bliss went on to illustrate Anna and Solomon published by FSG (written by his mother-in-law, Elaine Snyder). In April 2015 Grandma in Blue With Red Hat, illustrated by Bliss, was published by Abrams. Most recent illustrated children's books include My Favorite Pets: By Gus W. For Miss Smolinski's Class by Jeanne Birdsall (Knopf 2016), Grace for Gus (HarperCollins 2018), Good, Rosie by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick 2018) and Comics Confidential by Leonard Marcus.

In 2019 Bliss teamed up with entertainer Steve Martin, collaborating on cartoons and comic strips. Celadon Books published their best-selling cartoon collection 'A Weath of Pigeons' in the fall of 2020. Bliss and Martin are currently working on a follow-up collection of cartoons and narrative comic strips.

Bliss has served on the board of directors for The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) in White River Junction, Vermont. In 2016, in conjunction with CCS, Bliss created a new one-month fellowship for cartoonists, the "Cornish CCS Residency Fellowship," in a house in Cornish, New Hampshire, he bought that used to belong to J. D. Salinger.

As an animal rights activist, Bliss has regularly contributed covers for PETA's Animal Times magazine and designed sculptures for PETA that have appeared in major American cities in an ongoing effort to stop animal suffering. McDonald's, Ringling Brothers Circus, and Kentucky Fried Chicken are among the prime targets of Bliss's and PETAs efforts.

Since 2004 Bliss has visited many schools and interacted with thousands of children all over the world teaching comics/drawing/satire. Bliss has travelled to Peru, Bucharest, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Singapore, and Dubai, as well as within the United States. The goal with these school visits is to demonstrate the need for creating thinking through drawing. With accessible language for kids and educators and aided by a fun interactive "scribble" game, Bliss seeks to illuminate perception based on the act of drawing.

Personal life

As of 2016, Bliss lives in Cornish, New Hampshire.

Awards

Bliss, along with fellow artist Nora Krug, was a recipient of the 2014 Maurice Sendak Fellowship.

Publications

  • A Fine, Fine School, written by Sharon Creech (Scholastic, 2002)
  • Countdown To Kindergarten, written by Alison McGhee (Scholastic, 2002)
  • Which Would You Rather Be?, written by William Steig (HarperCollins, 2002)
  • Diary of a Worm, written by Doreen Cronin (Scholastic, 2003)
  • Don't Forget To Come Back, written by Robie H. Harris (Walker Books, 2004)
  • Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth, written by Alison McGhee (Harcourt, 2004)
  • Diary of a Spider, written by Doreen Cronin (HarperCollins, 2005)
  • A Very Brave Witch, written by Alison McGhee (Scholastic, 2006)
  • Diary of a Fly, written by Doreen Cronin (HarperCollins, 2007)
  • Death by Laughter, by Harry Bliss; Introduction by Christopher Guest (Abrams, 2008)
  • Luke On The Loose (Toon Books, 2008)
  • Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken, written by Kate DiCamillo (HarperCollins, 2008)
  • Invisible Inkling, written by Emily Jenkins (Harper Collins, 2011)
  • Bailey (Scholastic, 2011)
  • Bailey at the Museum (Scholastic, 2012)
  • Anna & Solomon, written by Elaine Snyder (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014)
  • The Sweetest Witch Around, written by Alison McGhee (Simon & Schuster, 2014)
  • Grandma in Blue With Red Hat (Abrams, 2015)
  • My Favorite Pets by Gus W. For Mrs. Smolinski's Class by Jeanne Birdsall (Knopf 2016)
  • Grace for Gus (Katherine Tegen, 2018)
  • Good Rosie by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick, 2018)
  • A Wealth of Pigeons with Steve Martin (Celadon, 2020)

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