P.O. Box 39
Wilberforce, OH 45384
been quietly stirring up trouble since she could hold a pencil.
After being a student and political cartoonist at Antioch College
in the early 1980s, Bermans cartoons surfaced on Telegraph
Avenue, in Berkeley, CA, where she was a street vendor, and
it was there that Humerus Cartoons Postcards were born. Not
wanting to be spoiled by the glamorous life of a street vendor
for too long, she quickly moved the cartoon operation inland
and indoors to her hometown of Chicago. For two years she was
a graphic designer for Flying Fish Records, and after that,
she decided it was time to take the plunge and enter the exhilirating
and terrifying world of self-employment.
this point, nearly a million of
Jennifer's postcards are tacked up on office doors and taped
onto refrigerators across the country and overseas. Her jibes
at relationships, the male/female dynamic, politics and animals
seem to strike a deep chord in more psyches than just her own.
"Adult Children of Normal Parents" is probably her
best-known cartoon, with "Thought
Frequency as Pie Chart" and "Cross
Cultural Relationships" tying for close seconds.
first book, Why Dogs Are Better
than Men, came out in 1994 and was published by Pocket/Simon
and Schuster. It was re-released Spring 2001 by Andrews McMeel.
Adult Children of Normal Parents, a collection of cartoons
about relationships, was released the following year and is
currently "between publishers". 1996 saw the release
of Why Dogs are Better Than Republicans, and Berman singlehandedly
takes credit for President Clinton's sound trouncing of Bob
Dole that year, and blames Dubyas slim "victory" on the
fact that her book on Republicans is no longer in print.
some point during the 90s, Berman
started self-syndicating her weekly cartoon panel, Berman.
It appears in numerous alternative newsweeklies, magazines and
newspapers around the country. Berman's cartoons have appeard
in the Chicago Reader, Funny Times, Comic Relief,
Detroit News, Utne Reader, The Catalyst,
Pacific Sun and The Door. In addition, Berman
has appeared in Harper's, Ms., San Francisco
Chronicle, In These Times, Z, New Woman,
Chicago Times, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Vegetarian
Times, Ethics, and other periodicals. (A cool sidenote:
Jennifer's cartoons have appeared in Krokodil, the same
paper in St. Petersburg that her grandfather cartooned for before
the Russian Revolution!). Her work has been included in the
Penguin Book of Women's Humor, Creme de la
Femme, Women's Glibber, Kitty Libber, The Best
Contemporary Women's Humor and other anthologies and in
many textbooks whose topics range from ethics to pets to sexual
Jennifer lives in Southwestern Ohio with
cats Henry and June, four dogs (Lucy, Isaac, Oliver and Georgette),
two Sicilian miniature donkeys (Ferdinand and Isabel), husband
Matt, and Kids Joseph and Eliza.
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