Steve Breen

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Steve Breen
BornStephen Paul Breen
(1970-04-26) April 26, 1970 (age 52)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Area(s)Cartoonist, Editorial cartoonist, Illustrator
Notable works
Grand Avenue (1999–2016)
  • Scripps Howard Charles M. Schulz Award, 1991
  • John Locher Memorial Award for Outstanding College Editorial Cartoonist, 1991
  • Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning, 1998, 2009
  • New Hampshire State Library Ladybug Picture Book Award, 2017

Stephen Paul Breen (born April 26, 1970 in Los Angeles, California) is a nationally syndicated cartoonist. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning twice, in 1998 and 2009.[1][2]


He graduated from Huntington Beach High School in 1988 and attended the University of California, Riverside, where he earned a bachelor's degree in political science. It was at UCR that he started drawing editorial cartoons for his school paper, The Highlander.[citation needed]

In 1991, Breen won the Scripps Howard Charles M. Schulz Award as the top college cartoonist and the John Locher Memorial Award for Outstanding College Editorial Cartoonist. He was influenced by cartoonists such as Jeff MacNelly, Paul Conrad, Pat Oliphant and Don Wright.[citation needed]

Breen was about to become a high school history teacher when the Asbury Park Press offered him a job in the art department in July 1994. He became the full-time editorial cartoonist there in 1996.[citation needed]

Breen's comic strip Grand Avenue, which is syndicated by United Feature Syndicate and appears in more than 150 newspapers across the country, was launched in 1999. In 2005, Breen's colleague Mike Thompson came on board to help write the strip, and in 2009 became official co-creator.[3] In 2014 Thompson took over most writing & art duties;[4] as of 2016 the strip is entirely by Thompson.[5]

In July 2001, Breen returned to his home state to join the staff of The San Diego Union-Tribune. His editorial cartoons are nationally syndicated by Creators Syndicate (which acquired former syndicate Copley News Service in 2008). They regularly appear in The New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek and US News and World Report.

Breen is the author and illustrator of several children's books: Stick, Violet the Pilot, The Secret of Santa's Island,[citation needed] and Woodpecker Wants a Waffle, for which he won the 2017 New Hampshire State Library Ladybug Picture Book Award.[6] Breen also created the cartoon Powerbirds for NBC Universal-owned children's network, Universal Kids, based on his series of children's books.


  1. ^ "Editorial Cartooning". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved February 26, 2021.
  2. ^ Union Tribune article on 2009 Pulitzer Award[dead link]
  3. ^ Gardner, Alan. "MIKE THOMPSON JOINS STEVE BREEN ON GRANDE [sic] AVENUE," The Daily Cartoonist (February 5, 2009).
  4. ^ Willett, Johanna. "Comic strip creators talk life, laughs," Arizona Daily Star (July 13, 2014).
  5. ^ Grand Avenue page, Accessed Dec. 13, 2018.
  6. ^ "Ladybug Award, Center for the Book, New Hampshire State Library".

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