Brooke McEldowney

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Brooke McEldowney
McEldowney at the
2012 New York Comic Con.
Area(s) Cartoonist
Notable works

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

Early life[edit]

McEldowney was born in 1952 in Charleston, West Virginia, and later began living in Maine. He attended Allegheny College, majoring in Arts. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Juilliard School of Music in 1977 and a Master of Arts in 1979, 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 was assistant editor of Opus,[citation needed] a classical music magazine, and has had cartoons shown in that publication as well as in Yankee and Pulse.[citation needed] His first cartoon sale was to Punch[citation needed]. He writes, composes, and designs sets for the theatre.[citation needed]


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


  1. ^ Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society, Issue 3, Spring 2004. Retrieved 25 March 2013
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ 9 Chickweed Lane at Don Markstein's Toonopedia. { Archived] from the original on September 3, 2015.
  4. ^ "NCS Awards > Newspaper Strips". National Cartoonists Society. Retrieved October 21, 2015.  Note: Requires clicking on "See Winners" link.

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