Brooke McEldowney

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Brooke McEldowney
McEldowney at the
2012 New York Comic Con.
Notable works
9 Chickweed Lane, Pibgorn

Brooke McEldowney is the creator of the newspaper comic strip 9 Chickweed Lane and the webcomic Pibgorn.


McEldowney was born in Charleston, West Virginia, and later lived in Florida. He obtained Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the Juilliard School of Music, studying the viola.[1] He also studied and performed at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.[citation needed] He has worked as a violist, music critic, and cartoonist. He taught music for a time when he lived in Greenwich, Connecticut.[2] He was assistant editor and contributing cartoonist for Opus,[citation needed] a classical music magazine, and has had cartoons published in Yankee and Pulse[citation needed]. His first cartoon sale was to Punch[citation needed].


9 Chickweed Lane debuted on Monday, July 12, 1993,[3] though comics historian Don Markstein notes that some sources erroneously give August 2, 1993.[4] It won the National Cartoonists Society Award for Newspaper Strip in 2005.[5] It has been published in several collections.


  1. ^ Mayerson, Ginger (Spring 2004). "Naked Flying Babes". Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society (3). Archived from the original on March 23, 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2013.
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  3. ^ "There! With a supreme effort I've achieved..." Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Sarasota, New York. July 12, 1993. p. 6E (newspaper), 74 of 113 (online archive). Retrieved October 21, 2015.
  4. ^ 9 Chickweed Lane at Don Markstein's Toonopedia. { Archived] from the original on September 3, 2015.
  5. ^ "NCS Awards > Newspaper Strips". National Cartoonists Society. Retrieved October 21, 2015. Note: Requires clicking on "See Winners" link.

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