George Booth (cartoonist)

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George Booth
BornGeorge Booth
(1926-06-28) June 28, 1926 (age 96)
Cainsville, Missouri, U.S.
AwardsNational Cartoonists Society Gag Cartoon Award, 1993
National Cartoonists Society Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award, 2010

George Booth (born June 28, 1926) is a New Yorker cartoonist. His cartoons usually feature an older everyman, everywoman, or everycouple beset by modern complexity, perplexing each other, or interacting with cats and dogs.


Born in Cainsville, Missouri, Booth was the son of schoolteachers; his mother, Irma, was also a musician and fine artist and cartoonist, and his father, William, became a school administrator in Fairfax, Missouri, where Booth grew up on a farm. Booth attended but did not graduate from the Corcoran College of Art and Design, the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, the School of Visual Arts, and Adelphi College.

Drafted into the United States Marine Corps in 1944, Booth was invited to re-enlist and join the Corps' Leatherneck magazine as a staff cartoonist; when re-drafted for the Korean War, he was ordered back to Leatherneck.

As a civilian, Booth moved to New York City where he struggled as an artist, married, then worked as an art director in the magazine world. He also worked on the comic strip Spot in 1956.

Fed up, Booth quit and pursued cartooning full-time, beginning successful in 1969, with the sale of his first New Yorker cartoon. One signature element of Booth's generally messy or run-down interiors is a ceiling light bulb on a cord pulled by another cord attached to an electrical appliance such as a toaster. Most of the household features in his cartoons were drawn from his own home. He described one of his cats, adopted later in his career, as being "more like my drawing than the drawings... when he lies down, his back feet go out in back — straight out."[1]

Booth also created the comic strip Local Item in 1986.

Personal life[edit]

Booth lived for many years in Stony Brook, New York with his wife Dione.[2] They now live in Brooklyn, where he continues to be a cartoonist and a collector of local artwork from artists in the area.


The National Cartoonists Society recognized his work with the Gag Cartoon Award in 1993 and the Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.


Booth's cartoons have been collected in the following books:

  • Think Good Thoughts About a Pussycat (1975)
  • Rehearsal’s Off! (1977)
  • Pussycats Need Love, Too (1981)
  • A Friend is Friendly (1981)
  • Omnibooth: The Best of George Booth (1984)
  • Booth Again (1989)
  • The Essential George Booth (1998)
  • About Dogs (2009)



  1. ^ Cat People, Bill Hayward, introduction by Rogers E. M. Whitaker. New York: Dolphin/Doubleday, 1978 (p. 68)
  2. ^ Gehr, Richard. "George Booth: Semper Fi," The Comics Journal (Aug. 12, 2013).

Sources consulted[edit]

  • Booth, George. 1989. Booth Again!: More of George Booth. Kansas City, MO: Andrews and McMee. ISBN 0-8362-1843-4.
  • Strickler, Dave. Syndicated Comic Strips and Artists, 1924-1995: The Complete Index. Cambria, CA: Comics Access, 1995. ISBN 0-9700077-0-1.

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