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Zach Weinersmith
Weinersmith with a sketch at San Diego Comic-Con, in 2011
Zachary Alexander Weiner

(1982-03-05) March 5, 1982 (age 42)
Occupation(s)Webcomic writer and illustrator
Known forSaturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
SpouseKelly Weinersmith
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comic #1127, published on 25 March 2008

Zachary Alexander Weinersmith (born Weiner; March 5, 1982)[1] is an American cartoonist and writer, best known for his webcomic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (SMBC). Outside of SMBC, he has worked on a sketch comedy series, a podcast, and multiple other webcomics. With his wife Kelly Weinersmith, he has co-authored the 2017 book Soonish and the 2023 book A City on Mars. He illustrated the 2019 book Open Borders by economist Bryan Caplan, and wrote the 2023 children's book Bea Wolf, a loose adaptation of Beowulf.

Background and personal life[edit]

According to Weinersmith, his great-grandfather immigrated to the United States in 1925, and he has no family in Europe as they were killed in the Holocaust.[2] Weinersmith describes being "raised Jewish, in an only casually religious environment".[3]

Weinersmith has been writing and drawing comics since high school, often using the name "Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal" for these comics. His early webcomics usually had three or more panels, but in 2002 he switched to a single-panel format.[4]

Weinersmith graduated from Pitzer College in California with an English degree in 2003.[5] He then worked in the film industry for around two years, including at The Asylum, and later a talent agency.[5][6] With the success of SMBC, Weinersmith returned to college at San Jose State University in order to satisfy personal interests while also creating topics and creative ideas for his comics; initially planning on biochemistry, he opted to pursue physics.[4][5] By 2007, he was able to earn a living from the comic.[6]

While in California he met Kelly Smith, then a graduate student at U.C. Davis, later an adjunct professor at Rice University.[7] They married, and both took the combined surname Weinersmith.[8] They have two children, Ada and Ben. The Weinersmiths reside in Charlottesville, Virginia.[9]

In an interview in 2009, Weinersmith described his personal philosophy as "pragmatic" and said he is "probably" agnostic, saying "though I’m probably not willing to call myself an atheist per se, I almost certainly behave like an atheist, when it comes to specific activities related to spirituality."[3]

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal[edit]

Weinersmith authors Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (SMBC), a popular webcomic that is updated daily. It features few recurring characters or storylines and has no set format. Recurring themes in SMBC include religion, superheroes, romance, dating, science, research, parenting and the meaning of life.[10]

Weinersmith's first version of SMBC was a character-based three-panel strip done while he was in college.[6] This version of the comic focused on the romantic and academic endeavors of several college students. This version (referred to as Classic SMBC on the site's archives) ran from January 28, 2002 to September 3, 2002. Weinersmith then switched to single-panel and gag comics.[6] The current version of the strip began on September 5, 2002.

In 2005, Weinersmith wanted to work on SMBC full-time, and around this time moved to daily updates. By 2007, he was able to earn a living from the comic.[6] Weinersmith also returned to study around 2006 to provide inspiration for the comic, and studied physics, and considers that the rise in the geekiness of the comic happened at that time.[6]

As of 2012, SMBC received a quarter-million visitors a day and was described as one of the most popular webcomics.[6]

Other projects[edit]


Collections of SMBC comics have also been published in physical books.

Other webcomics[edit]

  • Vince Invincible is a comic first published in 2003 with three later installments in April 2005. It follows a boy named Vince who is impervious to any form of harm.[25]
  • Baby Moloch is a short origin story for the character Moloch, who featured in several of the earlier SMBC single-panel strips.[26]
  • Chason! is a comic based on a character, Chason, from the multi-panel days of SMBC. It was written by Weinersmith, but was illustrated by a new artist from the 20th comic.[27][28]
  • Captain Stupendous (formerly Captain Excelsior until the name was changed for legal reasons) is a comic project written by Weinersmith and illustrated by Chris Jones. Captain Stupendous is a recently divorced superhero and the comic follows his romantic and family life. It launched in January 2007 and was completed after 95 pages in 2008.[29] Captain Stupendous was published in book form by IDW Publishing.[30]
  • Snowflakes is a webcomic set in an orphanage. It was scripted by Weinersmith, from story and plotting by James Ashby and art by Chris Jones. It was completed in 2013.[31]
  • Laws and Sausages is a political science webcomic co-written by brothers Greg Weiner and Zach Weinersmith and drawn by Dennis Culver. It ran from 2018–2019.[32]
  • A Comic Strip Tour Of The Wild World Of Pandemic Modeling is a one-off article on FiveThirtyEight in April 2020 on modelling the spread of Covid-19 and pandemics in general, presented in comic strip form and illustrated by Weinersmith.[33]

Video and audio[edit]

  • The Jerry Simpiro Project is a mockumentary of a fictional webcomic creator.[34]
  • SMBC-Theater is a sketch comedy series, made by Weinersmith and others.[35] This was normally updated once a week on Mondays with one or two short sketches and as of February 2018 the channel had about 80,000 subscribers.[36] Sketches were mainly one-shots, though there some characters had storylines, such as James Ashby as president, J.P. Nickel's news stories, Jon Brence's dating shorts, and Weinersmith as Jesus/James Ashby as God.[citation needed] In August 2011, a project was successfully crowdfunded on Kickstarter called "SMBC Theater Goes TO SPACE!".[37] This became Starpocalypse, a space opera webseries, which was released on 25 December 2013, then released on their YouTube channel on May 3, 2015.[citation needed]
  • The Weekly Weinersmith is a science podcast cohosted by Zach and his wife Kelly. The first episode of the podcast was released on October 5, 2011.[38] The series ran from 2011 to 2014, with some later additional episodes to celebrate or promote books such as Soonish.[39]

Live events[edit]

  • Festival of Bad Ad Hoc Hypotheses (BAHFest) is a festival, started in 2013, where people present humorous incorrect scientific theories before a panel of judges who award a prize to the winner.[40] Cities that have hosted BAHFest include Cambridge, Massachusetts; London; Sydney; and San Francisco.[41]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Category Result
2003 Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal Outstanding Short Form Comic Nominated[42]
2006 Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal Outstanding Single Panel Comic Won[43]
2007 Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal Outstanding Single Panel Comic Won[44]
2008 Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal Outstanding Single Panel Comic Nominated[45]


Year Work Role Director
2005 Intermedio Production assistant; Actor (Intermedio)[46] Andrew Lauer
Way of the Vampire Actor (Vampire)[46] Sarah Nean Bruce, Eduardo Durão
War of the Worlds Actor (Garysville Policeman/Townsperson)[46] David Michael Latt
2006 Girl with Gun Set production assistant[46] Russ Emanuel
2007 Foul Shot Production assistant[citation needed] Danilo Mancinelli
2009-2012 SMBC Theater Writer, Actor Jason Axinn
2010-2012 SMBC Theater Director Directed episodes: "Orientation", "Working from Home", "The Tale of James", "Just Friendship" and "Heaven"
2012 The Ghastly Love of Johnny X Production assistant[46] Paul Bunnell

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2011-03-05 Wooh! Today I'm 29.", at SMBC-comics.com
  2. ^ Weinersmith, Zachary Alexander (January 30, 2017). "Libertas Shrugs". Medium. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  3. ^ a b McKeegan, Dave (July 18, 2009). "Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal – an interview with Zach Weiner". The Freethinker. freethinker.co.uk. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Mason, Tom (January 18, 2009). "Q&A: Zach Weiner and Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal". Gearlive.com. comics.gearlive.com. Retrieved January 4, 2023.
  5. ^ a b c Shrum, Glenn (October 18, 2011). "Author and illustrator shows Penn students they aren't too old for cartoons". The Daily Pennsylvanian. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Lynley, Matt (March 4, 2012). "This 29-Year-Old Entrepreneur Built A Hugely Popular Website By Reading Textbooks And Drawing Geeky Comics". Business Insider.
  7. ^ Goff, Dan (31 October 2017). "This Texas couple predicts 10 emerging technologies, from space guns to 3D-printed organs". Dallas News.
  8. ^ Silverman, Justin Rocket (June 9, 2015). "More men taking wives' last names". New York Daily News.
  9. ^ Kuchment, Anna (15 August 2018). "Cartoonist Zach Weinersmith draws humor out of science". C-VILLE Weekly.
  10. ^ Brin, David (June 7, 2011). "My Top Choices in Science-Oriented WebComics". Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. ieet.org. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
  11. ^ Weinersmith, Zach; Jones, Chris (2012). Trial of the Clone: An Interactive Adventure!. Breadpig. ISBN 978-0982853726.
  12. ^ 2^7 Nerd Disses: A Significant Quantity of Disrespect Kindle Edition. November 5, 2013). 5 November 2013. Retrieved 2020-11-29 – via www.amazon.com.
  13. ^ Weinersmith, Zach; Boulet (2015). Augie and the Green Knight. Breadpig. ISBN 978-0978501693.
  14. ^ Armitage, Hugh. "Boulet, Zach Weiner launch illustrated kids book Kickstarter". Digital Spy. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  15. ^ "Augie and the Green Knight: A Children's Adventure Book". Kickstarter. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  16. ^ Robinson, Tasha (October 19, 2017). "Custom-Printed Cocktails On The Moon? 'Soonish' Shows Us How". NPR.org.
  17. ^ Simon, Matt (October 17, 2017). "Soonish: The Future Is Weird and Scary and Also Hilarious". WIRED.
  18. ^ Weinersmith, Kelly; Weinersmith, Zach (2017). Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That Will Improve and/or Ruin Everything. Penguin. ISBN 978-0399563843.
  19. ^ "Hardcover Nonfiction Books - Best Sellers - Nov. 5, 2017". The New York Times. 5 November 2017. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-05-07.
  20. ^ "Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction - Best Sellers - Nov. 5, 2017". The New York Times. 5 November 2017. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-05-07.
  21. ^ "Science Books - Best Sellers - Nov. 12, 2017". The New York Times. 12 November 2017. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-05-07.
  22. ^ OPEN BORDERS by Bryan Caplan, Zach Weinersmith | Kirkus Reviews.
  23. ^ Weinersmith, Zach; Boulet (2023). Bea Wolf. First Second. ISBN 978-1250776297.
  24. ^ Akers, W. M. (28 October 2023). "Is It Time to Pull Up Stakes and Head for Mars?". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 November 2023.
  25. ^ Weiner, Zach (26 September 2003). "Vince Invincible". Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  26. ^ Weiner, Zach. "Baby Moloch". Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  27. ^ "Chason!". Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. 9 September 2005. Archived from the original on 29 February 2012.
  28. ^ "Chason!". Archived from the original on 20 May 2007.
  29. ^ "Captain Stupendous". Archived from the original on 30 November 2010.
  30. ^ Weiner, Zach; Jones, Chris (2010). Captain Stupendous. IDW Publishing. ISBN 978-1600107726.
  31. ^ "Snowflakes". Archived from the original on 29 January 2014.
  32. ^ "About Laws and Sausages". lawsandsausagescomic.com. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  33. ^ Weinersmith, Zach; Koerth, Maggie; Bronner, Laura; Mithani, Jasmine (2020-04-13). "A Comic Strip Tour Of The Wild World Of Pandemic Modeling". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved 2020-11-29.
  34. ^ The Simpiro Project Ep1, archived from the original on 2021-12-14, retrieved 2020-05-08
  35. ^ "SMBC Theater". YouTube. Retrieved 2020-05-06.
  36. ^ "YouTube - SMBC Theater (archive as of February 2018)". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2018-02-02.
  37. ^ "SMBC Theater Goes TO SPACE!". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2020-05-08.
  38. ^ "Episode 1: Manuscripts, mushrooms, and methylation". WeeklyWeinersmith.com. October 5, 2011. Archived from the original on October 8, 2011. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
  39. ^ "The Weekly Weinersmith". Retrieved 2020-05-08.
  40. ^ "About Bahfest". bahfest.com. BAHFest. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  41. ^ Emanuel, Gabrille (April 25, 2017). "MIT Hosts Festival For Fake Science". WGBH. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  42. ^ "The 2003 Cartoonist's Choice Awards". Archived from the original on 15 October 2004.
  43. ^ Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards; Presenter: Josh Rosen (2006). "Outstanding Single Panel Comic by Josh Rosen of Edwitch". 2006 Ceremony. Archived from the original on September 6, 2019. Retrieved February 21, 2012.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  44. ^ "The 2007 Cartoonist's Choice Awards". Archived from the original on 9 February 2008.
  45. ^ "The Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards - 2008 List of Winners & Finalists". Archived from the original on 31 January 2009.
  46. ^ a b c d e "Zach Weiner". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-05-08.

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