grew up in and around Providence, Rhode Island, has lived in Philadelphia and Madrid and currently lives in Queens, NY, with his wife and daughter. He received a Xeric Grant and multiple Harvey Awards and Ignatz Awards for his smart and human cartooning. He is the author of The Salon
, a graphic novel about Picasso, the discovery of Cubism, and magical absinthe from St Martin's Press. He collaborated with Jason Lutes on the graphic novel Houdini: The Handcuff King
for Hyperion. He's hard at work on the cartoon biography of Lenny Bruce for Houghton-Mifflin, written by Harvey Pekar, as well as, drawing Glen (the Colbert Report) Eichler's Stuffed!
. You can read his ongoing sci-fi/fantasy cartoon, Persimmon Cup
, for free every week at ACT-I-VATE
. And for the past several years he has been teaching cartooning at NYC's School of Visual Arts and has also taught at RISD.
is the author of I Pass Like Night
, The Extra Man
, What's Not to Love?, My Less Than Secret Life
, Wake Up, Sir!,
and I Love You More Than You Know
. His graphic novel, The Alcoholic
, with art by Dean Haspiel, will be published by DC Comics
in September 2008 and a new collection of essays and fiction, The Double Life is Twice As Good
, will come out in 2009. In addition to writing, Mr. Ames has had two amateur boxing matches fighting as "The Herring Wonder" and his record is 1-1. His web site is www.jonathanames.com
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