Brooke McEldowney was born in West Virginia and grew up in Florida. He studied music at the Juilliard School in New York, all the time doodling comics in the margins of his sheet music. He became a professional violist, music critic and comic artist. In 1993, he created the newspaper strip '9 Chickweed Lane', which soon became so popular it was awarded twice with the Genesis Award Commendations for animal rights issues. He also created the daily strip 'Pibgorn'.