David Rees (cartoonist)

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David Rees
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Born (1972-06-22) June 22, 1972 (age 42)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, artist, sharpener of pencils
Notable works
Get Your War On


David Thomas Rees (/rs/ reece;[1] born June 22, 1972) is a cartoonist and humorist whose best-known work combines bland clip art with outrageous "trash talk" to incongruous effect. More recently, he has started the service Artisanal Pencil Sharpening.

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, The Oberlin Review.[2]


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 and Martha Stewart Weddings magazines, 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, Rees has been a contributing blogger at The Huffington Post.

In July 2010, Rees announced his Artisanal Pencil Sharpening service, where, for prices starting at $40.00, 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."[3][4][5] His book, How to Sharpen Pencils, was released April 16, 2012.

In 2013, Rees began writing for Wired's first scripted web series Codefellas.[6][7][8] In July 2014, Going Deep with David Rees launched on the National Geographic Channel. The show features Rees humorously investigating the science and process behind very basic tasks, like making ice and tying shoelaces.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Rees lives in Beacon, New York.[10] In 2010, Rees worked as a civil servant for the US Census Bureau, a position that engendered his interest in pencils.


  • 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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