Liza Donnelly '77, a cartoonist for The New Yorker, sold her first cartoon to the magazine in 1979 and has been a regular contributor ever since. She has also published her work in many periodicals and books. Her work regularly appears in Slate, The Huffington Post, CNN.com and forbes.com.
A writer as well as an artist, Donnelly published Funny Ladies: The New Yorker's Greatest Women Cartoonists, and Their Cartoons (Prometheus Books). Her cartoon collection, When Do They Serve the Wine (Chronicle Books), was optioned for television by Mark Gordon Studios. Cartoon Marriage (Random House), a collaboration between Donnelly and her husband, fellow cartoonist Michael Maslin, has been optioned and is under development as a television series at Jennifer Garner's production company.
Her latest book project is an e-book entitled Women on Men. She has spoken at TED conferences and the United Nations and was for several years an adjunct faculty member at Vassar College. Donnelly published a series of seven children's books about dinosaurs for Scholastic, Inc. that have sold more than two million copies. She is also involved in an international initiative called Cartooning for Peace.
"I have gotten to travel a lot and do so many things because of cartooning," she says. "It's important to me to be very connected to the outside world."
An art major at Earlham, Donnelly reports that from an early age, drawing pictures offered her a place in the world and work to do.
"I got approval for it, and as I got older it gave me something to do," she says. "Having an artist's status has always been a way for me to be part of things, but on the outskirts. That's always been a good role for me."
Hometown: Rhinecliff, N.Y.
Major at Earlham: Art
Interests: Cartoons, women's studies, creativity