Tom Wilson II is the son of Tom Wilson, the creator of the 'Ziggy' newspaper strip. Tom II has been drawing 'Ziggy' since 1987, when his father retired. After studying graphic design at Miami University and fine art and illustration at Boston University, Tom graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Before devoting his full attention to cartooning, Tom worked for Amtoy, a New York City toy company, as Director of New Project Development. He went on to develop the internationally syndicated children's comic strip, 'UG!'. In addition, Wilson has worked as a conceptual creative consultant for Richard Saunders International, a world-renowned creative think tank. Tom has worked on branding programs for companies including American Express, Johnson & Johnson, The Ford Motor Company, Chrysler, Circuit City, Procter & Gamble, Hewlett-Packard, Hallmark, AT&T and Walt Disney, among others. Tom has started a company called Character Matters, specializing in developing world class characters for branding and licensing.