|(Artist - Steve the Dog and the Winged Tiger)|
*Appearing Courtesy of Cartoonists Across America
|Phil Yeh was born on October 7, 1954 in Chicago. He started drawing and writing his own comic books in elementary school and formed his own publishing company in 1970, after attending the first San Diego Comic-Con. |
In 1973, Yeh and partner Mark Eliot started their own alternative newspaper called “Uncle Jam” which featured a first issue cover by Roberta Gregory (“Naughty Bits”), a fellow student at Cal State University Long Beach. The paper featured interviews, full color covers, and articles on many noted comic book and science fiction masters including; Harvey Kurtzman, Jean “Moebius” Giraud, Alfredo Alcala, Wendy Pini, Philip K. Dick, Linda Barry, Sergio Aragones, Kelly Freas, and Rick Griffin. Yeh was the first journalist to interview Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel in 1975 about the injustices both he and artist Joe Shuster suffered for many decades. That article led to national media coverage and a settlement at that time with Yeh working on the West Coast and Jerry Robinson and Neal Adams on the East Coast.
In 1977, Yeh wrote, illustrated, and published one of the first modern American graphic novels (“Even Cazco Gets the Blues”) with introductions by Golden Age artist Don Rico and Sergio Aragones. He was one of the first publishers of graphic novels to push for acceptance of this art form in general bookstores and libraries.
In 1985, Yeh formed Cartoonists across America & the World to promote literacy, the arts, and creativity using humor and comics. To date the band of artists have painted more than 1800 murals in 49 U.S. states and more than a dozen countries.
In 1989, Yeh was given the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award by the San Diego Comic-Con and in 2009 received an Ink Pot Award at the San Diego Con. In 1990, the Hungarian Government issued a postage stamp with Yeh’s “Read. Avoid Extinction” dinosaurs in honor of the United Nations Year of Literacy. In 1991, Yeh’s oil paintings were featured in “Theo the Dinosaur”, which debuted at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. with introductions by Barbara Bush and Nigel Seale, chairperson of Earth Day International. In 1993, Yeh’s wordless graphic novel “The Winged Tiger” with illustrated introductions by Wendy Pini and Jean Giraud was published as a weapon in the global fight against illiteracy. It was named one of the top 25 graphic novels in print. In 2007, NBM issued a full color hardcover graphic novel of “Dinosaurs Across America”. The 2008 edition was picked as one of the top 25 graphic novels by “School Library Journal” and was a Children’s Choice Award winner by the Children’s Book Council and the International Reading Association. Yeh’s comic book work is colored by Lieve Jerger, who is also a Belgian lace artist working in copper wire. Yeh’s latest book is “Steve the Dog and the Winged Tiger” with co-creator Geoff Bevington.
Yeh continues to tour the world and speaks to thousands of people every year. For more information about Yeh’s more than 90 published books and his tour go to www.wingedtiger.com