David Rees (cartoonist)

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David Rees
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Born (1972-06-22) June 22, 1972 (age 41)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, artist, pencil sharpener
Notable works
Get Your War On

Official website

David Thomas Rees (born June 22, 1972; /rs/, pronounced "reece"[1]) is a cartoonist and humorist whose best-known work combines bland clip art with outrageous "trash talk" to incongruous effect.

Early life[edit]

Rees grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and was an avid reader of Rex Morgan, M.D. comics. He is a graduate of Oberlin College, and drew comics for the school's newspaper.[citation needed]


His office-cubicle humor is partly inspired by his experience working in a basement for Citicorp; he was later a part-time fact-checker for Maxim magazine and Martha Stewart Weddings magazine, until he was laid off.[citation needed]

Rees's best-known and most controversial comic is Get Your War On.[citation needed] He is also the author of the comic strips My New Fighting Technique is Unstoppable, My New Filing Technique is Unstoppable, and Adventures of Confessions of Saint Augustine Bear.

Since May 2005 he has been a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post.

In 2013, Rees began writing for Wired's first scripted web series Codefellas.[2][3][4]

In July 2010, Rees announced his Artisanal Pencil Sharpening service, where for starting at $35.00, people can mail in their own pencils to be sharpened by him, or receive a sharpened pencil provided by the craftsman. According to the site, "...craftsman David Rees still practices the age-old art of manual pencil sharpening. His artisanal service is perfect for artists, writers, and standardized test takers. Shipped with their shavings and a 'certificate of sharpening', these extra-sharp pencils make wonderful gifts."[5][6][7] His book, How to Sharpen Pencils, was released April 16, 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Rees lives in Beacon, New York.[8]


  • Get Your War On. Brooklyn: Soft Skull, 2002. ISBN 1-887128-76-X.
  • My New Fighting Technique is Unstoppable. New York: Riverhead, 2003. ISBN 1-57322-373-5.
  • My New Filing Technique is Unstoppable. New York: Riverhead, 2004. ISBN 1-57322-382-4.
  • Get Your War On II. New York: Riverhead, 2004. ISBN 1-59448-048-6.
  • Get Your War On: The definitive account of the war on terror, 2001-2008. Brooklyn: Soft Skull, 2008. ISBN 1-59376-213-5.
  • How to Sharpen Pencils: A Practical and Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening. Melville House, 2012. ISBN 1-61219-040-5.



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