Keith Knight (cartoonist)
|Born||Keith Edgar Knight, Jr.
August 24, 1966
|The K Chronicles
The Knight Life
NAACP History Maker Award, 2015
Belle Foundation Grant Recipient, 2015
Keith Edgar Knight, Jr. (born August 24, 1966) is an American cartoonist and musician. While his work is humorous and universal in appeal, he also often deals with political, social, and racial issues. His regular feature The K Chronicles appears in various outlets, including DailyKos and previously appeared in the San Francisco Examiner, while (Th)ink is published on several newspapers and websites, especially African-American sites. A syndicated daily strip for United Media, The Knight Life, was launched in 2008. Knight is also the artist for two strips appearing in Mad, "Father O'Flannity's Hot Tub Confessions" and "Bully Baby".
In the March 14, 2012 strip of The K Chronicles, he announced he was working on a graphic novel about his brief (1984–1985) career as a professional Michael Jackson impersonator. The book will be entitled "I Was a Teenage Michael Jackson Impersonator".
Now based in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, Keith Knight has become a sought after public speaker known for his comic strip slideshows addressing police brutality and the role it has played since the early years of this country.
Knight was born in Malden, Massachusetts. He is married to German-born illustrator Kerstin Konietzka-Knight, and they have two children; they appear as characters in The K Chronicles and The Knight Life. (The timeline of The Knight Life is about two years behind The K Chronicles.) Knight often pokes gentle fun at his wife's mangling of English idioms. Their first son is not referred to by name, but is sometimes referred to as The Unbearable Cuteness of Being.
The K Chronicles has won the Glyph Award "Best Comic Strip" multiple times, including 2006, 2007, 2009,and 2010.
In 2010, Knight was presented a Comic-Con Inkpot Award for career achievement at Comic-Con in San Diego.
- Dances with Sheep (1997, Manic D Press) ISBN 0-916397-50-5
- Fear of a Black Marker (2000, Manic D Press) ISBN 0-916397-63-7
- What a Long Strange Strip It's Been (2002, Top Shelf Productions) ISBN 1-891830-30-9
- Red, White, Black & Blue: a (th)ink anthology (2004, Manic D Press) ISBN 0-916397-88-2
- The Passion of the Keef (2005, Manic D Press) ISBN 0-916397-67-X
- Are We Feeling Safer Yet? A (th)ink Anthology (2007, Top Shelf Productions) ISBN 978-0-9788053-0-2
- The Complete K Chronicles, a compilation of the first four K Chronicles books (2008, Dark Horse Comics) ISBN 978-1-59307-943-7
- Beginner's Guide to Community-Based Arts (2005, New Village Press) ISBN 978-0-9766054-3-0
- I Left my Arse in San Francisco (2008, Keith Knight Press)
- Too Small To Fail: A (th)ink Anthology (2009, Keith Knight Press)
- The Knight Life: "Chivalry Ain't Dead" (2010, Grand Central Publishing) ISBN 978-0-446-54866-3
- The Incredible Cuteness of Being (2012, Keith Knight Press) ISBN 978-1-4675-3661-5
- 25 Steps to a Better Kickstarter Campaign (2013, Keith Knight Press)
- Knight Takes Queen: The 2nd Knight Life Collection (2015, Keith Knight Press) ISBN 978-0-990-52080-1
- They Shoot Black People, Don't They? (2015, Keith Knight Press)
- Go East, Young Fam! (2016, Keith Knight Press) ISBN 978-0-9788053-3-3
- Make America Hate Again: A (th)ink Anthology (2016, Keith Knight Press)
- Jake the Fake Keeps It Real (2017 Crown Books)
Discography (with Marginal Prophets)
- Twist the Nob (1997)
- dead hippie bootleg : the Marginal Prophets live!! (2002)
- Bohemian Rap CD (2004)
- Lanier, Chris (November–December 2008). "'The comics page shouldn't be like a jury...'". The Believer. 6 (9): 71–78.