Jim Toomey is the creator of the popular newspaper strip 'Sherman's Lagoon', which started running in the Escondido (CA) Times-Advocate on 13 May 1991. Toomey began his artistic career when still at college, drawing daily political cartoons for the school newspapers and two Virginia dailies. While doing several other jobs to make a living, he started drawing a comic strip in his spare time.
Since then, his 'Sherman's Lagoon' comic became increasingly popular and is now widely distributed by King Features Syndicate to about 250 US papers, such as The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicleand Toronto Star. Andrews McMeel has released many book collections of the strip. 'Sherman's Lagoon' combines two of Toomey's life-long passions: art and the sea. In addition to drawing his comic strip, Toomey is active in marine conservation. The conservation message in his comic strip earned him the Environmental Hero Award in 2000.