Dan Piraro’s art is published daily in over 360 newspapers. Since Bizarro was first syndicated in 1985, Dan has written/drawn/published over 10,000 cartoons, making the whole world smile and reflect. But the comic which stands out as one of his all-time favorites is not so funny, since it’s about the “evolution of man”:
“It is poignant and the message could not be more timely. For centuries, we have considered ourselves to be the most successful species that ever lived by virtue of our highly versatile brains. It is true that no other species has dominated the planet and altered its environment as effectively as humans have, but if the resulting world that our big-brains have created ends up poisoning us to the point of extinction after only a few million years on Earth, one could argue that we will have actually been the least successful species to have ever lived“.
This is just a way to introduce the sensitive man Dan is. Then, he has been a cigar-smoking vegan, animal rights activist, atheist, NRA hating, ex-husband, father, stand-up comedian, painter, former host of FOX TV’s “Utopia”, philosophizing cartoonist who makes his living writing and drawing a new cartoon every day, 365 days a year.
But he’s not necessarily all of those things now. His humor is inspired partly by his own real-life situations and partly by the eccentric thoughts that pop into his overly-active mind.
Dan has a rare talent for ruffling feathers with scathing commentary on the mindlessness of modern life, then smoothing them down with his disarming humor, charm and self-deprecating humility. His intriguing perspective on life easily flows beyond the boundaries of one-panel cartoons and into a comedic and interesting conversation about a plethora of topics. He stirs up controversy, inspires revelations, and pokes fun at everyone along the way, including himself.
His fans love him, with a social reach of over 75,000 and engagement with almost 1M fans a month. His blogs and social media sites receive tens of thousands of visitors each day. He has also sold a respectable number of books and won numerous awards. Dan lives in Los Angeles with the love of his life, Christy, whom he affectionately calls “Olive Oyl”.
‘Yellow brick road’ but I’m sure those three are working in Westminster !