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New Yorker magazine cartoonist
Chast has contributed more than 1,000 cartoons and several covers to The New Yorker magazine since she began illustrating for the publication in 1978. In addition she has provided cartoons and editorial illustrations for almost fifty other magazines and journals from Mother Jones to Town & Country. She has also published several cartoon collections and illustrated children's books, and has designed CD covers, book jackets, and theater posters. In her cartoons, she addresses many issues particularly pronounced in our time: guilt, anxiety, aging, families, friends, money, real estate, and other everyday anxieties.
Most recently, Chast illustrated The Alphabet from A to Y, With Bonus Letter, Z! a children’s book written by actor Steve Martin. In 2006, she published, Theories of Everything, a book of her “selected, collected and health-inspected cartoons” from nearly three decades. She has also collaborated with humor writer Patricia Marx on several children’s books including Now Everybody Really Hates Me and Meet My Staff.
Chast grew up in Brooklyn, but now lives in Connecticut with her husband Bill Franzen, a humor writer, and her two children. She attended Rhode Island School of Design, where she began studying graphic design before ultimately graduating with a B.F.A. in Painting in 1977.
In 1998, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Pratt Institute, and in 2004 was awarded the Museum of Cartoon and Comic Art in NYC Festival Award. In 2008, she was a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College.
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