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Clayton Jones (born June 1, 1966) is an American editorial cartoonist based in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He was the staff editorial cartoonist for The Free Lance-Star from 1998 to 2012. From 2000 t0 2012 his work was syndicated to over 400 publications by Creators Syndicate Inc. Today Jones is self-syndicating his work nationally from his website, claytoonz.com, where he also occasionally writes a blog. He drew cartoons for The Daily Dot in 2014-2015. He occasionally will create an exclusive cartoon for various publications. Previously, his work was also a feature on the website liberalamerica.org. He provided one cartoon each week to The Free Lance-Star in 2014-2015, and a weekly caption contest for fredericksburg.com,
Jones was born in Fort Hood, Texas in 1966. His first cartooning job was for The Panolian in Batesville, Mississippi where he worked from 1989 to 1995. He left the Panolian to work for the Daily Leader in Brookhaven, Mississippi, which he left in September of the same year. Starting the early 90's until 1997, he self-syndicated five cartoons a week to over 40 newspapers in Mississippi on state subjects, also while contributing an exclusive cartoon to the Mississippi Business Journal once a week.
The Honolulu Star-Bulletin hired Jones to fill in for a year while their regular cartoonist, Corky Trinidad, took a year-long sabbatical. After leaving Honolulu, Jones was hired by The Free Lance-Star. In addition to drawing five cartoons a week for the paper, Jones also wrote a daily column and drew a weekly caption contest. Staff cutbacks eliminated Jones' job in August, 2012. He didn't cartoon again until October of 2013 when he started working for his former employer on a freelance basis. In February of 2014 he ended his business relationship with Creators syndicate to start his own syndication.
In August of 2012, a cartoon of Clay's shared by actor George Takei received over 900 comments, over 56,000 likes and shared over 6,000 times.
Jones' work was nationally syndicated to over 400 newspapers by Creators Syndicate until he created his own syndicate, claytoonz.com. His work has been reprinted in USA Today, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek and Time Magazine. His work is archived at the Mattie Sink Memorial Library at Mississippi State University. In 1997, Pelican Publishing published a book of his work titled "Knee-Deep In Mississippi", a collection of cartoons mostly covering that state. His work has been featured on CNN and MSNBC.
Jones won first place for Best Editorial Cartoon in the Mississippi Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, For the first three years of the contests existence. He has also won awards in Hawaii and Virginia, taking first and second place in 2011 in the Virginia Press Association's annual contest, and first place awards in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Jones is also a musician and was vocalist, guitar player and main songwriter for the alternative rock band Corporate T-Shirt which released their only album, No Thanks To Hancock, in 2009.
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