Mark Tonra was fortunate enough to grow up living nextdoor to the Museum of Cartoon Art in Connecticut, and made his professional debut as a comic artist at the very early age of ten, when Scholastic Magazine purchased two of his cartoons. In 1988, he created his first daily comic strips for Boston's Daily Free Press. Since then, his comics and cartoons have appeared in several newspapers and magazines, and won him the Reuben Award for gag cartooning in 1997. In 2000, he created the comic strip 'James', which is syndicated by Universal Press. He also draws the daily comic 'Top of the World!'.