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Wayne Stayskal

Wayne Stayskal grew up on the West Side of Chicago and has been interested in art for as long as he can remember. Fresh out of high school, Stayskal got a job at a Chicago radio station mail room, but after six months, he decided to enter the Air Force.

While in the service, Stayskal was stationed for a year and a half in Paris. He enjoyed spending a great amount of his free time wandering the galleries of the Louvre. Upon his discharge in 1954, Stayskal entered the highly reputed Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. He graduated in 1956 and went directly in to the commercial art field.

Stayskal was fortunate to receive a job in the art department of the Chicago American. It was there that his passion for cartooning was rekindled when they asked him to do some spot cartooning.

From 1962 to 1970, Stayskal worked at the Chicago American as an assistant to legendary cartoonist Vaughn Shoemaker. Stayskal began to take on more responsibility until he eventually filled Shoemaker's shoes.

From 1972 to 1984, Wayne Stayskal was the editorial cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune. He was developing his own style at this time and his work started to gain national attention.

In 1984, Stayskal accepted a position at the Tampa Tribune, where he continues to serve as its editorial cartoonist.

He and his wife, Helen, live in Lakeland, Florida.

Click HERE to visit the comics page of the Tampa Tribune where Wayne works.