Joe Wos has been a professional cartoonist since the age of 14. His career path over the past 30 years has taken as many twists and turns as one of his mazes, as he finds new and innovative ways to pursue his passion for the cartoon arts.
Some highlights include spending 25 years touring nationwide as a performer, illustrating stories live as he told them; founding and running a cartoon art museum in Pittsburgh; illustrating symphony performances live with orchestra’s nationwide; and exhibiting his art in museums worldwide. Joe has also been the visiting resident cartoonist of the Charles M. Schulz Museum in California since it’s opening in 2001.
Joe is the artist behind the internationally syndicated feature MazeToons, a unique hybrid of cartoon-illustrated mazes appearing in newspapers from Missouri to Australia!
Joe has been drawing mazes since the age of 7 and is regarded as a master maze maker. In 2012, he created the world’s largest hand-drawn maze. Measuring at 140 square feet, it features more than 100 illustrations. The maze garnered international attention with articles in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post and media coverage throughout Europe. It is currently on display in Changzhou, China.
Joe is the creator of the best-selling MazeToons book series including, A-Maze-Ing Animals, Myths and Monsters, A-Maze-Ing America, and Maze-O-Zoic!
Besides his cartooning work, Joe is a freelance writer and pop culture historian. He is co-author of “An Animation Celebration: The Top 100 Animated TV Characters.
Joe also acts as the Brand Character Integrity Consultant for Charlie the Tuna of StarKist fame.
Joe is the winner of the 2019 Reuben Award in the Variety Category.
Joe is from Pittsburgh, PA. With great delight, he has heard every variation of the phrase “A-maze-ing.”