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Ward Sutton

Award-winning Cartoonist, Illustrator and Poster Designer

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Award-winning Cartoonist, Illustrator and Poster Designer

“Ward Sutton’s satire doesn’t just bite, it maims. He’s the perfect cartoonist for our discordant times.’’ - Stephen Colbert, host of The Late Show

"I love Ward Sutton's smart, sharp, funny cartoons." - Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons

Freelance artist Ward Sutton has designed concert posters for musicians such as Phish, Pearl Jam, Beck, Pavement, Mudhoney, Son Volt, Blues Traveler, and many more.

He has created animation for HBO, Comedy Central, and VH-1, including designing the opening to the cult-hit show, "Strangers With Candy" starring Stephen Colbert and Amy Sedaris.

In 2018, he won the prestigious Herblock Prize in Editorial Cartooning for his work with the Boston Globe. His cartoons also appear in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Nib.

His comic strip, "Sutton Impact", was published in The Village Voice from 1995 to 2007. A book collection of the same name was published in 2005.

Sutton is also semi-secretly the creator of Kelly, the (fake) editorial cartoonist for The Onion. The book, “Kelly: The Cartoonist America Turns To (TM)” was published in 2016.

He created all the promotional artwork for the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and the 1997 HORDE music festival. His poster for the Broadway show "Freak" by John Leguizamo earned much acclaim.

His work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, the Society of Publication Designers, the Society of News Design and the Art Director's Club.

Sutton was born in Minnesota, where he attended St. Olaf College. After graduation, he lived in Minneapolis before moving to Seattle for the early '90s. He then lived in NYC for about 20 years and had a 2-year adventure in Costa Rica before moving to his current home in Colorado.

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