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Completely self-taught, Lou Brooks was once employed as a dishwasher at Howard Johnson’s on the Pennsylvania Turnpike before undertaking a more lucrative career as illustrator, designer and author. His art has appeared in just about every major national publication, including over a dozen commissions for covers of Time and Newsweek. His comic art appeared continuously for ten years in Playboy Magazine, and is recently featured in Playboy: 50 Years of Cartoons, edited by Hugh Hefner (Chronicle Books). His ubiquitous re-design of “the little guy in the top hat” for the game of Monopoly is practically as famous as Mickey Mouse, and is known internationally to anyone who plays the game.

Major advertising clients include: Coca-Cola, Pizza Hut, Budweiser, Dr. Pepper, CBS, NBC, Milton Bradley, Nikon, Sony, IBM, TWA, Clairol, Verizon, AT&T, Exxon, and others too numerous to mention. His art has been animated for television by MTV, Nickelodeon and HBO . His illustrated book of verse, Twimericks: The Book of Tongue-Twisting Limericks, was nominated for Book of the Year by the National Cartoonists Society.

At various times in his life, he’s worked as a disc jockey, stand-up comedian, and night club bouncer. Along with Elwood Smith, Mark Alan Stamaty, and Bill Plympton, he was a founding member of "Ben Day & the Zipatones," an all-cartoonist performance-art band.

After almost twenty years in Manhattan, Lou and his wife Clare now live a few exotic hours north of San Francisco in a secret little valley.


(photo left) Lou and kiosk in front of Lincoln Center announcing Ha! TV Comedy Network's channel launch in 1990.