Dave Coverly

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Dave Coverly (born 1964) is the creator of the single-panel comic Speed Bump.

He grew up in Plainwell, Michigan and graduated from Eastern Michigan University (EMU) in Ypsilanti with a degree in philosophy. At EMU, he worked for the student newspaper, the Eastern Echo. He went on to get a master's degree in English from Indiana University.

Coverly took a year off from graduate school, and during that time he was an art director for a public relations firm and an editorial cartoonist for the Battle Creek Enquirer. He returned to Indiana in 1990 and became the editorial cartoonist for The Herald-Times in Bloomington, Indiana. His work appeared in Esquire, The Saturday Evening Post, The New York Times and USA Today. After Creators Syndicate picked up his untitled cartoon panel in 1994, it was given the title Speed Bump, and a year later, it was running in more than 90 papers. In 1995, Coverly left The Herald-Times to concentrate on Speed Bump.

Dave and Chris Coverly live in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with their children, Alayna and Simone.


He has been recognized for his work with the National Cartoonists Society Greeting Card Award for 1997 and another nomination for the same award for 1998, plus their Newspaper Panel Cartoon Award for 1994 and 2002, with additional nominations for 2000 and 2001. Coverly received their Reuben Award in 2008.[1]


  • Caution Speed Bump: Collection of Cartoon Skidmarks by Mike Peters and Dave Coverly (June 2000)
  • Speed Bump: Cartoons for Idea People by Dave Coverly (September 2004)
  • Just One %$#@ Speed Bump After Another... More cartoons by Dave Coverly (December 2005)
  • The Very Inappropriate Word by Jim Tobin, illustrated by Dave Coverly (August 2013)
  • Dogs Are People, Too by Dave Coverly (February 2014)
  • Night of the Living Worms by Dave Coverly (June 2015)


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