Dave Coverly

Ann Arbor, MI


Dave Coverly, a native of Plainwell, Michigan, is the creator of the cartoon panel “Speed Bump”, which runs internationally in about 400 newspapers and websites, including the Washington Post, The Globe & Mail (Toronto), the Los Angeles Times, and the Detroit Free Press. His work was named “Best in Newspaper Panels” by the National Cartoonists Society, in 1995, 2003, and 2014.


In 2009 the same organization gave him its highest honor, the prestigious Reuben Award, for “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year”.


Coverly’s cartoons have also appeared in The New Yorker, USA Today, The New York Times, Newsweek, Esquire, and have been a regular feature in Parade. He is also the cartoonist for BarkBox, and has done multiple labels for Bell’s Beer.


Children’s picture books include Sue MacDonald Had a Book (with Jim Tobin, Macmillan), and The Very Inappropriate Word (with Jim Tobin, Macmillan), and How to Care for Your Pet T-Rex (with Ken Baker, Macmillan). His chapter book series began with Night of the Living Worms: The Misadventures of Speed Bump & Slingshot, and continued with Night of the Living Shadows, and Night of the Living Zombie Bugs (all with Macmillan). His most recent book of syndicated work is Speed Bump: A 25th Anniversary Collection (IDW).


Coverly earned his BS with a double major in Imaginative Writing and Philosophy at Eastern Michigan University in 1987 and received his MA in Creative Writing from Indiana University in 1993. In 2011, he was asked to give the commencement address at EMU, where he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts.


He has two daughters, Alayna and Simone, and lives with his wife, Chris in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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