Jonny Hawkins is a cartoonist from Sherwood, Michigan, whose work has appeared in nearly a thousand books, newspapers and magazines since 1986. Many of his cartoons tackle general subjects like animals, sports, children and family life, while others are specifically aimed at a readership with a Christian, medical or rural background. Among his regular cartoons are the single panel feature 'Country Chuckles' and the pantomime comic strip 'Hi and Jinx' (1993-2006).


Cartoons from The Joyful Noiseletter

Christian work
Born in 1966, Hawkins graduated from Union City High School in Branch County, Michigan. He then attended William Tyndale College in Farmington Hills, Michigan, where he began his cartooning career around the campus. He sold his first cartoons to the Christian publishing house Scripture Press in 1986. He has continued to produce work for Christian publications ever since. His cartoon series 'Stained Glass' ran in church bulletins across the USA in the 1990s, and Hawkins' religious cartoons have also appeared in Christianity Today, Today's Christian Living, Guideposts, Faith Today, The Joyful Noiseletter, Focus on the Family and the Katy Christian Magazine, for which he creates the comic strip 'Katy and Bend'. In an interview with The Times Herald from Port Huron, Michigan, in 24 January 2006, the cartoonist stated he especially liked to create Christian humor, because it "underscores God's sense of humor", as "God created all facets of us, and a huge portion is our sense of humor."

Magazine work
However Hawkins work has expanded to nearly all thinkable subjects. Many of his 50,000 cartoons were aimed at diverse magazines as Reader's Digest, Woman's World, Parade Magazine, USA Today, Forbes, Barron's, Harvard Business Review, Air and Space and Natural History in the USA, as well as Punch, Prospect, The Oldie and the London Daily Mirror in the UK. His cartoons furthermore appear online on Heart.org, the website of The American Heart Association, EMPR.com, Medical News Today.com and many others.


Four samples of 'Hi and Jinx' mastheads, scanned from the Bristol board original drawings

Licensed work
His rural-themed single panel cartoon feature about a group of farm animals, 'Country Chuckles', appears in dozens of publications including Farmer's Exchange, Country Folks Magazine, Hometown Gazette and GraiNews. In 1993 he succeeded the late Malcolm Hancock on the masthead comic 'Hi and Jinx' through Davy Associates for another 13 years. The two characters, Hi and Jinx, experienced pantomime gags around the letters of the Sunday comics sections in newspapers such as The San Antonio Express-News, Milwaukee Journal and The Salt Lake Tribune. Besides print products, Hawkins' cartoons have been licensed and sold on CD's, framed art, T-shirts, hats, magnets, mugs, bookmarks, greeting cards, napkins and even wine toppers.


Hi and Jinx header from 30 January 2005 ("As you can see, Schulz worked below me", as Mr. Hawkins joked)

Books
He is a frequent contributor to the 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' series of inspirational and motivational self-help books by the media company of the same name from Cos Cob, Connecticut. Through Andrews McMeel Publishing, he makes five topical 'Cartoon a Day' boxed calendars every year: 'Medical Cartoon a Day' (since 2003), 'Fishing Cartoon a Day' (since 2004), 'Dog Cartoon a Day', 'Cat Cartoon a Day' and 'Teacher Cartoon a Day'. In cooperation with comedy writer Bob Phillips, he has compiled humor books for Harvest House, such as 'A Tackle Box of Fishing Funnies' (2003), 'A Joke a Day Keeps the Doctor Away' (2008), 'The Awesome Book of Dog Humor' (2009) and 'Laughter Never Gets Old' (2015), among other titles. He also provided the cartoons for a doodle book in Rob Elliot's 'Laugh-Out-Loud' series, namely: 'Laugh-Out-Loud Doodles for Kids' (Revell Books, 2014)


'Country Chuckles'

Collections
Hawkins' religious-themed cartoons have been collected in books such as 'Cheap Laughs for Church Publications' (Baker Pub Group, 1993) 'Amusing Grace - The Funny Side of Faith' (Editors of Publications International, 2012), 'The Awesome Book of Hilarious and Heavenly Cartoons' (2012) and the activity books 'Doodle Through the Bible for Kids' (Harvest House Publishers, 2016) and 'Doodle Through God's Creation for Kids' (2018). An extensive collection compiling work from his 30 year-long career appeared under the title 'Mirth in the Morning... And All Laughternoon' (Schiffer Books, 2016).

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