Stephanie McMillan decided at age ten that she would become a cartoonist, and spent much of grade school reading Peanuts and copying the characters. She created a short animated film during the summer after high school at the film studio near Bonn, Germany that had been founded by her grandfather, animator Hans Fischerkoesen (Das Loch im Westen and Die Vervitterte Melodie). Awakening in high school to the dangers of nuclear war, she went on to work for many years as an activist against imperialism, oppression and exploitation.

Stephanie graduated from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 1987 with a BFA in film, studying animation under Richard Protovin and John Canemaker. She received an award for her student film.

In 1992 she was hired by the alt-newsweekly XS magazine/City Link as an editorial assistant and offered her first professional cartooning opportunity. In 1999 she began self-syndicating her cartoons, plus providing exclusive comic features and illustrations. Her work has appeared in hundreds of publications worldwide, from Iceland to Bangladesh to Canada to Saudi Arabia, including in the U.S. the Los Angeles Times, Daily Beast, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Yes! Magazine, Comic Relief, Amarillo Globe-News, Funny Times, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

In addition to several books, her projects have included the comic strip Minimum Security (syndicated online at Universal Uclick’s, and a weekly editorial cartoon, Code Green.


“Provocative, insightful, and entertaining.”
– Jeff Monson (“The Snowman”), world champion MMA fighter

“McMillan’s expressive style, pared down to the basics and intensified over the years, allows for instant communication of thoughtful rage.”
Comics Journal

“Very talented.”
Washington Post

“This is social satire at its wittiest and most engaging.”
– Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States

“Her politics are perfect, her drawings sly and subtle, and her dialog funny as hell.”
– Derrick Jensen, author of Endgame

“Visionary and honest.”
– Ted Rall, president of Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, author of Anti-American Manifesto and To Afghanistan and Back

“Minimum Security is like oxygen for our suffocating times.”
– Vandana Shiva, author of Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis

” Razor-sharp critique packaged as cute-kid-and-funny-animal cartoon.”

“The cartoon generated a huge amount of filth, intolerable filth.”
– Senator Bill Napoli, sponsor of abortion ban, South Dakota (Rapid City Journal)


  • 2014 — Capitalism Must Die! A Basic Introduction to what capitalism is, why it sucks, and how to crush it (comics & text), INIP (Idées Nouvelles Idées Prolétariennes)
  • 2013 — The Minimum Security Chronicles: Resistance to Ecocide (graphic novel), Seven Stories Press
  • 2012 — The Beginning of the American Fall (comics journalism about the Occupy protests), Seven Stories Press
  • 2012 — The Knitting Circle Rapist Annihilation Squad (novel with Derrick Jensen), PM Press/Flashpoint
  • 2010 — Mischief in the Forest: A Yarn Yarn (children’s book with Derrick Jensen), PM Press/Flashpoint
  • 2010 — Pendant Que la Planète Flambe (French edition of As the World Burns), La Boîte à Bulles
  • 2009 — Excessive Force (anthology), Last Hours, UK
  • 2007 — As the World Burns: 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Stay in Denial (graphic novel with Derrick Jensen),  Seven Stories Press (Nominated by National Library Association as a Great Graphic Novel for Teens, 2008).
  • 2005 —Attitude Presents Minimum Security (cartoon collection), NBM Publishing
  • 2002 — Attitude: The New Subversive Political Cartoonists (anthology), NBM Publishing
  • Various textbooks, and several books in the Opposing Viewpoints series by Gale Publishing Group.

Solo Exhibition:

  • October 19-24, 2013 — The Political Art of Stephanie McMillan, West Gallery, CSUN (California State University at Northridge)

Group Exhibitions:

  • Jan. 20 – Feb. 14, 2015 — WonderWomen, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • April 18-May 10, 2014 — Environmental Art Exhibition, 7th Circuit Productions/Moksha Gallery, Miami
  • March 1-31, 2014 — Cartoon Movement’s Expo Kinkerstraat, outdoor installation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • April 24-May 6, 2010 — There Is More Than One Truth: International Cartoons on Press Freedom, GO Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Feb. 4-May 16, 2010 — Lines of Attack: Conflicts in Caricature, Nasher Museum, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Oct. 18-Nov. 22, 2008 — Viva La Propaganda: Political Art, Bear and Bird Gallery at Tate’s Comics, Sunrise, FL
  • May 20-Nov. 6, 2006 — She Draws Comics!, Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, NYC
  • Sept. 25, 2004 — Got Democracy?,Red Pearl, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • May 27-July 4, 2004 — Human Rights Day Exhibition, Mantova, Italy
  • Jan. 17-19, 2004 — Recontre Internationale du Dessin de Presse, (International Convention of Editorial Cartooning), Carquefou, France
  • Nov. 17, 2003-Jan. 3, 2004 — Patriot Art: Cartooning and Free Speech in Wartime, Philadelphia Free Public Library; and June, 2002, Institute for Policy Studies, Washington, DC
  • Oct. 18, 2003-Feb. 1, 2004 — Too Hot to Handle: Creating Controversy Through Political Cartoons, The San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum; and June 15-Aug. 31, 2003, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA


  • 2011 —  End:Civ, Franklin Lopez (interview)
  • 1987 —  Set in Motion,  Jane Aaron (intern for stop-motion animation and brief appearance)
  • 1986 —  Huggies animated promotional film,  (cel painting)


  • 2010-2016— Editor and designer, The Notebook, Association of American Editorial Cartoonists
  • 2009-2016— Book interior and cover design, PM Press/Flashpoint


  • 2014 — Cartoon Death Match, First Place, Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco
  • 2012 — RFK Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons
  • 2011 — Scripps Howard Award for Editorial Cartooning (Finalist)
  • 2010 — Sigma Delta Chi Award for editorial cartoons, Society of Professional Journalists
  • 2010 — Press Action Cartoonist of the Year
  • 2008 — Press Action Dynamic Dozen
  • 2005 and 2003 — First Place, Excellence in Postal Union Journalism, APWU National Postal Press Association
  • 2000 — Honorable Mention, Creative Resistance Contest, Adbusters
  • 1997 and 1994 — First Place, General Excellence in Editorial Cartooning, Florida Press Club
  • 1996 — Second Place, General Excellence in Artist Illustration, Florida Press Club


  • 2011-2016— Society of Environmental Journalists
  • 2010-1016— One Struggle
  • 2010-2016— Cartoon Movement (Amsterdam)
  • 2007-2016— AAEC (Association of American Editorial Cartoonists
  • 2006-2014— Cartoonists With Attitude (founding member)
  • 1980s-’90s — Refuse & Resist!, October 22nd Coalition Against Police Brutality, U.S. Hands Off the Haitian People Coalition, One Struggle

12 thoughts on “Bio

  1. Very nice. Keep it going. You doing a very nice job !

    1. Thank you Stefan!

  2. Great body of work. Wish I could simply subscribe and receive updates without shelling out $$$$$.

    1. Thanks!

      I wish I could simply receive food and shelter without shelling out $$$$.

      Subscribers get some extra content, plus weekly emails of advance cartoons. But most things eventually end up here on the website, so you can just check back and get a lot of cartoons and writing without paying anything. I wish I didn’t have to ask for money for that extra service (and it’s not that much) beyond all the cartoons and written content that I’m already providing for free — but it’s not easy to make a living as a cartoonist, and I do have to eat. So those who would like to help support my ability to keep drawing and writing can sign up for the subscription service. If no one paid for my work, I would not be able to do it.

  3. right on, Stephanie!
    I’m going to subscribe.
    let’s support each other with $$$$$, or at least $ while we still need $ to buy life’s basics. And let’s work for a time when getting food and shelter won’t mean funneling money to people who already have too much and are seeing to it that the earth sickens and dies, shall we?

    1. Maureen, thank you! Much appreciated.

  4. You’re my hero! Love your cartoons!

  5. “If no one paid for my work, I would not be able to do it.” – SM

    I can’t understand why this is such a difficult thing to understand. It applies to all work – including raising and caring for children, as well as cartooning. In any case, thanks to Stephanie McMillan for all her work on behalf of the working classes of this world.


    Tom Johnson

  6. Mcmillan, you are a huge inspiration, it was thanks to your web comic and collaborative books that I was finally able to go against my conservative family and become vegetarian. Thanks to you I was also able to convince them that other creatures have feelings as well, if only for a moment.
    I appreciate all your work,

    1. Jessy, I’m very happy to hear that you have found the strength to stand up for what you believe in, and that I contributed something to that for you. Thank you for telling me!

  7. You inspired me to stand up for myself, and even if no one stands with me, to stand up for my cause and fight for it anyway, which is the rights all beings.

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