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Joe Wos

Joe Wos has been a professional cartoonist since the age of 14. His career path over the past 30 years has taken as many twists and turns as one of his mazes, as he finds new and innovative ways to pursue his passion for the cartoon arts.

Some highlights include spending 25 years touring nationwide as a performer, illustrating stories live as he told them; founding and running a cartoon art museum in Pittsburgh; illustrating symphony performances live with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; and exhibiting his art in museums worldwide. With MazeToons — a unique hybrid illustration that is part cartoon and part puzzle — Joe has fulfilled a lifelong dream to appear in the funny pages. The feature is distributed world wide by Creators Syndicate.

Joe has been drawing mazes since the age of 7 and is regarded as a master maze maker. In 2012, he created the world’s largest hand-drawn maze. Measuring at 140 square feet, it features more than 100 illustrations. The maze garnered international attention with articles in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post and media coverage throughout Europe, it is currently on display in Changzhou, China.  

Joe has created several books featuring his mazes, A-Maze-Ing Animals and Myths and Monsters, both are published by Barron's Books.

Besides his cartooning work, Joe is a freelance writer and pop culture historian. He is co-author of "An Animation Celebration: The Top 100 Animated TV Characters, published by Rowman and Littlefield. Joe also acts as the Brand Character Integrity Consultant for Charlie the Tuna of StarKist fame.

Joe is from Pittsburgh, PA. With great delight, he has heard every variation of the phrase “A-maze-ing.”

Learn more about Joe Wos on his website


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