Jonathan Brown

Salt Lake City, Utah

I originally used Chat GPT to write my bio. The result was a shocking work of fiction, full of wild and distorted claims which could easily be disproved by even the laziest of fact-checkers. I decided to toss out three or four of the more blatant fabrications, and use the rest as a guide for what follows.

I was born in Muncie, Indiana. By the time I was 10 years old, I knew I wanted to be a cartoonist. I still want to be a cartoonist. I was a cartoonist for my high school newspaper and my college newspaper, and had so much fun stirring up trouble that I decided to make a career of it! In 1990 I took a job as an art director for a group of weeklies in Bountiful, Utah, and convinced the publisher to also call me an editorial cartoonist. He agreed, and I began stirring up trouble in that community, while simultaneously drawing a couple of comic strips, and fulfilling my lifelong pursuit of World’s Most Rejected New Yorker Cartoonist — an honor I still aspire to.

Five years later, I began drawing cartoons for the Deseret News in Salt Lake City, where I eventually became staff cartoonist until 2008. Since that time, I have worked as a full-time freelance cartoonist, drawing mainly gag cartoons for magazines, companies, agencies, and individuals who love their pets more than anyone or anything in the world! I draw a comic strip called Analog, about a couple of roommates named Bradley and Nigel who navigate their way as analog beings living in a digital world. Bradley is human, Nigel is a dog who identifies as a cat.

I plan to keep up the charade of becoming an actual cartoonist, and also to use Chat GPT next time I write my bio.

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