Pat Byrnes

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Pat Byrnes is an American cartoonist best known for his work for The New Yorker. He created the comic strip Monkeyhouse, which ran for three years. He received the National Cartoonist Society Advertising and Illustration Award for 2001, with an additional nomination for 2000, and nominations for their Gag Cartoon Award for 1999 and 2000. He also draws cartoons for other magazines and illustrates for a variety of ads and publications.


Byrnes is married to the 41st Attorney General of Illinois, Lisa Madigan, and they have two daughters.[1][2][3]


Byrnes is the author of the following books:

  • What Would Satan Do? Cartoons About Right, Wrong, and Very, Very Wrong
  • "Because I'm the Child Here and I Said So"[4]

He also illustrated Lynn Truss's

  • "Eats, Shoots and Leaves Illustrated Edition"[4]


Byrnes is a 1981 graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Aerospace Engineering.


When Byrnes is not drawing or writing, he is writing musicals. When his two daughters are away at school, he enjoys spending time writing musicals.[4]


  • My Dead Irish Mother
  • Despairadise and Fässi Goboggan
  • Curly Headed Girl (a children's musical)[4]


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