Jim McCloskey is a cartoonist with a long and storied career, having been the editorial cartoonist for The News leader in Staunton, Va. for 23 years.
Jim graduated from St. Francis Central High School in 1981 and went on to Fairmont State College in Fairmont, WV graduating in 1986 with a Graphics/Fine Arts Degree. He received his cartooning baptism of fire as the cartoonist for the campus newspaper, The Columns, with an introduction to the reader feedback that would be a big part of a cartoonist’s career. Additional plaudits from Columbia University and the Society of Collegiate Journalists (SCJ), soon followed which helped Jim land a position at a daily newspaper in Virginia soon after graduation.
While at The News Leader, Jim was recognized for his work, consistently garnering first place awards for editorial cartooning for Virginia Press Association (VPA). His work graced the pages of The Wall St. Journal, USA Today and in syndication thorough countless newspapers across the U.S. He was accorded the honor of drawing on-the spot cartoons from the Capitol gallery during Bill Clinton’s Impeachment hearings. In 2005, Jim was tapped as Gannett Media’s top editorial cartoonist. He published the book “Drawing Flak” the next year, which was a compilation of his selected works. Despite the wonderful accolades, he contends his most notable achievement was the honor of having one of his originals hang in the Charles M. Schulz Museum, in Santa Rosa, Ca.
In 2012, Jim relocated to the sunny Mississippi Gulf Coast, where he continues to freelance and draw for children’s books as well as drawing cartoons for holiday parties, employee appreciation, promotions, company picnics, fund raisers, open houses, He is available for birthday parties, weddings, baby shower, communion parties, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, anniversary parties, sweet 16, and graduation parties.
Jim can also make gift caricatures from a photo. Past clients enjoyed this unique and memorable anniversaries, birthdays, wedding engagements, retirement, get well, good wishes, graduations, job promotions, etc.
Clients have consistently been pleased by Jim’s artistic ability, professionalism and good rapport with people of all ages.