Chris Monroe in 2009
April 17, 1962
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."
She has exhibited her oil pastels at the Duluth Art Institute and other galleries.
Awards and honors
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."
- 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
- Big Little Brother by Kevin Kling
- Totally Uncool by Janice Levy
- "Sneaky Sheep By Chris Monroe". kirkusreviews.com.
- "Best of the Twin Cities 1999: Best Local Cartoonist". citypages.com.
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