Michael Jantze grew up in a town called Normal, Illinois. He studied at California State University, Northridge, where he drew cartoons for the campus newspapers, titled 'Normal State'. After graduating, Michael Jantze freelanced in film for a few years, ending up as Art Director. Not liking his job, he seriously devoted himself to his comics, drawing cartoons for weekly newspapers and self-publishing his 'Normal' comics. Eventually, his strip was syndicated. Michael Jantze currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he makes his comics as well as the quarterly The Norm Magazine.