Shannon Wheeler

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Shannon Wheeler
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Shannon Wheeler
Born (1966-08-13) August 13, 1966 (age 48)
Berkeley, California
Nationality American
Area(s) Cartoonist, Publisher
Notable works
Too Much Coffee Man
Awards Eisner Award, 1995, 2011

Shannon Wheeler (b. August 13, 1966) is an American cartoonist best known for creating the satirical superhero Too Much Coffee Man, and as a cartoonist for The New Yorker.


Early life[edit]

Shannon Wheeler grew up in Berkeley, California.[1]


He started cartooning while at UC Berkeley, publishing his daily gag cartoons "Calaboose" and then "Tooth and Justice" in The Daily Californian.[citation needed]

He moved to Austin, Texas and created the satirical superhero Too Much Coffee Man as the star of a weekly comic strip in 1990. The character appeared in a series of self-published zines, comic books, magazines, and webcomics for a number of years, with collections published by Dark Horse Comics, culminating in 2006 with the Too Much Coffee Man Opera[2] (in one act), followed by Too Much Coffee Man Opera, The Refill (in two acts) in 2008.

From 2004 until 2008, Wheeler contributed to many of the Idiot's Guide books.[citation needed]

His weekly strip Postage Stamp Funnies appeared in the satirical newspaper The Onion until 2009, when he began contributing to The New Yorker magazine.[3] In 2010, Wheeler published a collection of his cartoons rejected by The New Yorker called I Thought You Would Be Funnier. While initially left off the ballot for the Eisner Awards for 2011,[4] the book went on to win Best Humor publication that year.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Wheeler lives in Portland, Oregon, with his twin sons.[1]



Solo work[edit]

  • Children with Glue (self-published, 1989; reissued by Blackbird Comics, 1991)
  • Too Much Coffee Man
    • Too Much Coffee Man Mini Comics (self-published, Austin, TX, 1992)
    • Too Much Coffee Man Comic Book (Adhesive Comics, Austin, TX, 1993–2001)
    • Too Much Coffee Man Webcomic by Shannon Wheeler (beginning in Austin, TX, 1995, ongoing)
    • Too Much Coffee Man's Guide for the Perplexed (Dark Horse, 1998) ISBN 1-56971-289-1
    • Too Much Coffee Man's Parade of Tirade (Dark Horse, 2000) ISBN 1-56971-437-1
    • Too Much Coffee Man's Amusing Musings (Dark Horse, 2001) ISBN 1-56971-663-3
    • Too Much Coffee Man Magazine (Adhesive Comics, Portland, OR, 2002–2006)
    • How to be Happy (Too Much Coffee Man) (Dark Horse, 2005) ISBN 1-59307-353-4
    • Too Much Coffee Man Omnibus (Dark Horse, August 2011) ISBN 1-59582-307-7
    • Too Much Coffee Man: Cutie Island and Other Stories (BOOM! Studios, March 2012) ISBN 1-60886-098-1
  • Wake Up and Smell the Cartoons (Mojo Press, 1997) ISBN 1-885418-18-3
  • Screw Heaven, When I Die I'm Going to Mars (Dark Horse, 2007) ISBN 1-59307-820-X
  • Postage Stamp Funnies (Dark Horse, 2008) ISBN 1-59307-983-4
  • I Thought You Would Be Funnier (BOOM! Studios, 2010) ISBN 1-60886-034-5
  • I Told You So (BOOM! Studios, May 2012) ISBN 1-60886-093-0
  • Astounding Villain House (Dark Horse, October 2013)

Collaborative works[edit]

  • Waiting for Justice, columns by Carolyn Jones, cartoons by Shannon Wheeler (The Daily Californian, Berkeley, California, 1987)
  • Jab (Adhesive Comics, 1992–1994) — Austin, TX-based anthology featuring Wheeler, Wiley Akins, Ashley Underwood, Tom King, Walt Holcombe, Rob Bostick, Mitchelle Crisp, Matthew Dutchman, Jason Storey, John Bruch, Lance Myers, Rick Klaw, and Joe Don Baker
  • Grandpa Won't Wake Up, written by Simon Max Hill, illustrated by Shannon Wheeler (BOOM! Studios, October 2011) ISBN 1-60886-092-2
  • Oil & Water, written by Steve Duin, illustrated by Shannon Wheeler (Fantagraphics, November 2011) ISBN 1-60699-492-1
  • God is Disappointed in You, written by Mark Russell, cartoons by Shannon Wheeler (Top Shelf, 2012) ISBN 978-1-60309-098-8


  • Too Much Coffee Man Opera (creator, co-librettist, producer) with Daniel Steven Crafts
  • Too Much Coffee Man Opera, The Refill (creator, co-librettist, producer) with Daniel Steven Crafts


  1. ^ a b Korn, Peter (March 25, 2010). "In Character with Shannon Wheeler". Portland Tribune. Archived from the original on September 23, 2011. Retrieved September 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ TMCM at the Portland Center for Performing Arts
  3. ^ "Cartoons from the Issue of April 27, 2009". The New Yorker. 2009-04-29. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  4. ^ "Eisner-Nominated ‘I Thought You Would Be Funnier’ Left off Eisner Ballot". Comics Alliance (Comics Alliance). 2011-04-28. Retrieved 2014-10-14. 
  5. ^ "SDCC11: Live blogging the Eisners". Comics Beat (Comics Beat). 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2014-10-14. 
  6. ^ "1995 Eisner Awards: For works published in 1994". Archived from the original on April 27, 2011. Retrieved September 23, 2011. 
  7. ^ "2011 Eisner Award Winners List". Archived from the original on September 23, 2011. Retrieved September 23, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Congratulations to the 2011 Harvey Award Winners!: 2011 Harvey Award Nominees". Archived from the original on September 23, 2011. Retrieved September 23, 2011. 

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