Writer/artist for Comic Riffs, covering visual storytelling, cartoon art/illustration, comedy/satire and animation. Education: University of California, San Diego, BA in Literature/Writing
Writer-artist-recovering-syndicated-cartoonist Michael Cavna is a man of many hyphenates. His articles on visual artists and comic art/illustration have been recently honored by the national Society for Features Journalism, the National Headliner Awards and the international Harvey Awards.
Cavna is creator of The Post's Comic Riffs online column, which has twice been named the best newspaper blog in the country by the Society for Features Journalism.
A San Francisco native and University of California at San Diego graduate, Cavna wrote the main text for the Eisner Award-nominated anthology book "Team Cul de Sac: Cartoonists Draw the Line at Parkinson's."
Cavna's "Wise Up" cartoon launched the viral #Draw4Atena campaign in 2015 on behalf of jailed Iranian artist Atena Farghadani. He is also emcee and co-programmer of the Library of Congress/National Book Festival's Graphic Novel Pavilion.
"Peanuts" creator Charles M. Schulz once told Cavna at a black-tie awards dinner: "You do funny things"; to this day, he does not know for sure whether Schulz was referring to Cavna's syndicated comic "Warped" (Universal Uclick) or to his tragically askew cummerbund.
Honors & Awards:
Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi Award, audio/visual storytelling, 2018
National Headliner Award, writing/illustration, 2017 & 2019
Eisner Award finalist, journalism, 2016 & 2017
Society for Features Journalism awards, Arts/feature coverage and commentary, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017