Brain Anatomy ~ Dogs, Men & Women

About the Author

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Jennifer Berman

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JENNIFER BERMAN

Catharine Bell CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Postcard artist, cartoonist and author Jennifer Berman is perhaps best known for her individual cartoons, “Adult Children of Normal Parents, Annual Convention” and “Why Dogs Are Better Than Men,” as well as her internationally syndicated cartoon, “Berman.” A Chicago resident who grew up in Evanston, Berman’s work touches on a variety of social issues — with an ironic, thoughtful smile.

Q. Your humor really hits home. Where do you get your ideas from?

A. My cartoons are drawn from life, my own and others’. I beachcomb through my personal experiences and eavesdrop elsewhere. Life itself is funny.

Q. How did you break into the competitive field of cartooning?

A. Through a side door. In 1986, I started a shoestring company, Humerus Cartoons, in Berkeley, Calif. I printed postcards of my work and sold them on the street. By 1990, I had sold around a million postcards — mostly on word of mouth — before I started syndication.

Q. Is there a message you want people to get from your work?

A. The bottom line is, the stuff has to be funny. But I also like to think of my work as a solvent to cut through the veneer of our culture and to challenge popular conceptions.

Q. How do you make a living making people laugh?

A. I juggle as many projects as possible. Greeting cards, postcards, books, reprints, freelance illustrations, the syndication — anything I can think of.

Q. The big question: Why are dogs better than men?

A. My dogs Isaac and Lucy, for instance, are happy with any video I choose to rent and they never hog the remote control.

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A tongue-in-cheek look at Republican foibles and follies observes that dogs are better because the ill-tempered ones can be neutered and they do not shut the government down when they fail to get their way. Original.

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