Cartoonist and illustrator whose best-known work was his Pulitzer Prize-winning comic strip "Bloom County," featuring such iconic characters as Bill the Cat and Opus the Penguin.
He held his first cartooning position with the Austin American-Statesman, but his editorial work caused such controversy that he was fired. He gained notice by The Washington Post after he self-published his college newspaper strip "The Academia Waltz" to pay for his tuition.
He followed "Bloom County" with the Sunday-only "Outland" and "Opus" comic strips. He retired from comic strips in 2008 to focus on becoming a children's author.
His family was residing in Encino when he was born, but he was raised in Houston, Texas. He and his wife Jody Boyman had two children.
He and Bil Keane were both well-known syndicated cartoonists.