About Chip Bok
Arthur “Chip” Bok
Through Los Angeles-based Creators Syndicate, Chip Bok’s cartoons appear worldwide in publications including The Times of London, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Time, and Newsweek. He is a member of the steering committee for The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in Arlington, Virginia.
Awards & Recognition
Time Magazine: Top 10 Political Cartoons of 2008
The Week Magazine Opinion Awards, Editorial Cartoonist of the Year, 2007
Best Editorial Cartoonist, National Cartoonist Society, 1995, 1999
Best Editorial Cartoonist, Associated Press Society of Ohio, 1992,1996,1999, 2000
Berryman Editorial Cartooning Award (National Press Foundation), 1993
H.L. Mencken Award (Free Press Association), 1993
John Fischetti Award (Columbia College Chicago), 1988
Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1997.
Bok is author of two cartoon history books: Bok! the 9.11 Crisis in Political Cartoons (University of Akron Press, 2002), A Recent History of the United States in Political Cartoons: A Look Bok! (University of Akron Press, 2005).
He and Helen Thomas are co-authors of a children’s book, The Great White House Breakout (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2008), the story of a president’s young son and his escapades throughout Washington D.C.
Chip came from Miami to the Akron Beacon Journal as staff editorial cartoonist in 1987. “Bok” was the title of a weekly cartoon on off beat South Florida issues such as snakes, bugs and strangler figs drawn for the Miami Herald’s Sunday magazine, Tropic, in 1985 and 86. He illustrated Dave Barry’s column for the same publication 1982-84. At the time, he also was a graphic designer for Viewtron, Knight Ridder’s early entry in the online business from 1983-86. As a graphic designer there he gained experience with very low speed computer animation. Prior to Viewtron he was staff editorial cartoonist for the Clearwater, Florida Sun (1981-1982).
In 1991 Bok’s editorial cartoons appeared in animated form on PBS stations in Cleveland, Dayton, Atlanta, and West Palm Beach. He was the 2000 Silha Lecturer at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Bok is a graduate of the University of Dayton. He lives in Akron, Ohio, with his wife, Deborah. They have four children.