Chris Monroe

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Chris Monroe
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Chris Monroe in 2009
Born Christine Monroe
(1962-04-17) April 17, 1962 (age 53)
Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.
Occupation Cartoonist, Author, Illustrator
Known for Violet Days comic strip

Christine Monroe (born April 17, 1962) is an American cartoonist, illustrator, and author best known for her weekly comic strip “Violet Days,” which appears in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Duluth News Tribune. Her work has been published in Funny Times, Ripsaw, the Funny Pages, Zenith City Arts, Madcap, Twin Cities Reader, Pulse of the Twin Cities, Transistor and Ruminator. An anthology of her comic strips, “Ultra Violet: 10 Years of Violet Days” was published in 2004 by X-Communication.

Monroe has written and illustrated five children’s books, including the Monkey with a Tool Belt series. She has also illustrated two books for other authors. Kirkus Reviews wrote of her most recent book, Sneaky Sheep (2010), "The silly antics will tickle young readers, who will want to visit with these daring sheep again and again. Fun for all."[1]

She has exhibited her oil pastels at the Duluth Art Institute and other galleries.

Personal life[edit]

Monroe was born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota. She graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She lived in the Twin Cities area from 1980 to 1998, before returning to Duluth.

Awards and honors[edit]

In 1999, City Pages named her Best Local Cartoonist, writing: “Monroe's scratchy, winsome Violet Days meanders through everyday topics: the merits of various candies, the habits of squirrels, the shoplifting rituals of young girls. And each quick meditation is delivered with a deadpan tone that indicates a sharp wit honed against life's frailties and absurdities."[2]


  • Ultra Violet: Ten Years of "Violet Days"
  • Monkey with a Tool Belt
  • Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Noisy Problem
  • Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Seaside Shenanigans
  • Sneaky Sheep

As illustrator[edit]

  • Big Little Brother by Kevin Kling
  • Totally Uncool by Janice Levy


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