Steven Weissman

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Steven Weissman
Born Steven Knight Weissman
(1968-06-04) June 4, 1968 (age 48)
Nationality American
Area(s) Cartoonist
Pseudonym(s) Ribs
Notable works
Chewing Gum In Church, Don't Call Me Stupid, Barack Hussein Obama, Yikes
Awards Harvey Award, 1998 (Best New Talent)

Steven Weissman (b. June 4, 1968, in California) is an award-winning alternative cartoonist best known for his offbeat and bizarre explorations of childhood friendships. His work has been published by Alternative Comics, Fantagraphics, Retrofit and Vice.


Weissman made his name with the Harvey and Ignatz award-nominated 1997 series Yikes (volume II), published by Alternative Comics. It features the light-hearted adventures of a gang of kids, very much in the Little Rascals mold, who just happen to be "monsters" — vampires, zombies, and the like. Yikes ran for two issues, and has since been collected, with previous self-published Yikes comics, in Don't Call Me Stupid and Mean, both put out by Fantagraphics.

The Yikes gang[edit]

Barack Hussein Obama[edit]

In 2009, Weissman began a webcomic called Barack Hussein Obama featuring the president, his cabinet and family. All the characters have the same names and faces but live in an alternate dimension, living their lives and US government roles in different ways. Fantagraphics published the strips as a graphic novel in September 2012. A second volume is due in 2016.


1998 Harvey Award for Best New Talent.

Personal life[edit]

Weissman lived in San Francisco in the late 1990s, where he associated with fellow cartoonists/illustrators Ed Brubaker, Brian Biggs, Josh Neufeld, and Mats!? (with whom he shared a studio space). He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Charissa Chu, and their son Charles.


Weissman, on drawing "cute":

Tom Spurgeon of the Comics Reporter:

Gilbert Hernandez:

Jaime Hernandez:

Selected bibliography[edit]


  1. ^ a b Spurgeon, Tom. "CR Sunday Interview: Steven Weissman," the Comics Reporter (Sept. 22, 2007). Retrieved August 6, 2008.
  2. ^ a b Fantagraphics website. Retrieved August 6, 2008.

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