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Tim Menees grew up in Seattle, and graduated from the University of Washington
with a BA in Political Science. After serving in the Air Force as a counter-intelligence
officer, including two years in Turkey, he worked as a reporter and columnist
for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He came to the Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette in 1976 where he drew cartoons for nearly 30 years.
His work has appeared
in the national newspapers and newsmagazines and on network TV. He has
drawn syndicated comic strips, and written and illustrated a weekly column
for the Post-Gazette.Today Promo Code He also wrote and illustrated feature stories as
he chose, including accounts of his 24-hour visit inside Western Penitentiary
and a week aboard a Great Lakes freighter, a two-part series on the arts
in prison (including California’s Folsom Prison and San
Quentin) and, most recently, a piece on Western Penitentiary’s final
He has won several local and regional awards and placed second in
the national Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Contest and in the Scripps-Howard
National Journalism Awards. Before coming to Pittsburgh, he won the National
Newspaper Association’s top award for weekly cartoons.
He has shown his cartoons and paintings at GalleriE Chiz,
the Andy Warhol Museum, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Carson Street
Gallery, Pittsburgh's PPG Wintergarden, and the Port Clyde Arts and Crafts
Society Gallery in Maine.
Pittsburgh’s New Works Festival, an international competition, chose
his one-act play Father Figure for a seated reading, and a year later picked
his children’s one-act play Rex The Mighty Hunter for a full stage
production. Two years ago, another one-act of his, Boots
on the Ground,
was part of an evening of short plays by the First Stage Theatre in Los
He is married and has a son and a daughter. Since the spring of 2003,
he has taught, as a volunteer, creative writing at a nearby state penitentiary.
He still cartoons and writes, paints, and plays piano and accordion in
a blues-zydeco band that has opened for, among others, the Neville Brothers,
Dr. John, Roseanne Cash and Marcia Ball.