Breen, Steve 1970-

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Breen, Steve 1970-

PERSONAL:

Born 1970, in Los Angeles, CA; married; wife's name Cathy; children: two sons. Education: University of California at Riverside, B.S., 1992. Hobbies and other interests: Playing guitar, reading, running, old movies.

ADDRESSES:

Home and office—San Diego, CA. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER:

Author and editorial cartoonist. Asbury Park Press, Neptune, NJ, editorial cartoonist, 1994-2001; San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego, CA, editorial cartoonist, 2001—.

AWARDS, HONORS:

Charles M. Schulz Award for Best College Cartoonist, Scripps Howard Foundation, 1991; John Locher Award for Outstanding College Editorial Cartoonist, Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, 1991; Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, 1998; Wilbur Award, Religion Communicator's Council, 1999, for Grand Avenue.

WRITINGS:

Your Grandma Rocks, Mine Rolls: A Grand Avenue Collection, Dial Books for Young Readers (New York, NY), 2001.

Stick, Dial Books for Young Readers (New York, NY), 2007.

Violet the Pilot, Dial Books for Young Readers (New York, NY), 2008.

SIDELIGHTS:

Steve Breen's career as an editorial cartoonist had an auspicious start. While attending the University of California, Riverside, Breen got a job creating editorial cartoons for the university newspaper. Readers responded positively, and soon the student cartoonist began receiving recognition from outside the school, including from the Scripps Howard News Service, which awarded Breen the Charles M. Schulz Award for top college cartoonist. In 1998, while working for the Asbury Park Press, Breen received a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. Breen, who now creates cartoons for the San Diego Union-Tribune, has also ventured into the world of children's literature. In 2007 his self-illustrated children's book debut, Stick, was published, introducing younger readers to his detailed cartoon art.

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

Book Links, September-October, 2007, Denise B. Geier, review of Stick, p. 60.

Booklist, March 15, 2007, Gillian Engberg, review of Stick, p. 50.

Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2007, review of Stick, p. 120.

Mediaweek, April 10, 2000, Joanna Wlper, "Life after the Pulitzer," p. 60.

Publishers Weekly, March 12, 2007, review of Stick, p. 57.

School Library Journal, May, 2007, Ieva Bates, review of Stick, p. 86.

ONLINE

Comics.com,http://www.comics.com/ (December 15, 2007), profile of Breen.

Penguin Group Web site,http://us.penguingroup.com/ (December 15, 2007), "Steve Breen."

San Diego-Union Tribune Online,http://www.signonsandiego.com/ (December 15, 2007), "Steve Breen."