Dave Coverly admits that there is no overriding theme, no neat little philosophy that accurately describes what Speed Bump is all about. Basically, he says, if life were a movie, these would be the outtakes.
These discarded shots now appear in more than 400 newspapers and websites, including the Washington Post, Toronto Globe & Mail, Detroit Free Press, Chicago Tribune, Indianapolis Star, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cincinnati Enquirer, New Orleans Times-Picayune, St Louis Post -Dispatch, Vancouver Sun, Baltimore Sun and the Arizona Republic. In 2000, the first Speed Bump book, “Speed Bump: A Collection of Cartoon Skidmarks” (Andrews McMeel), was published. The most recent books include “Speed Bump: Cartoons for Idea People” (2004, ECW Press), which was named Comedy Book of the Year in an independent publication by Foreword magazine, and “Just One% $ # @ Speed Bump After Another “(2005, ECW Press), which was an honorable mention at the Independent Publisher Book Awards.
Coverly grew up in Plainwell, Michigan, and began making cartoons in 1986 when he was an undergraduate student at Eastern Michigan University, where he wrote a comic panel called Freen for the Eastern Echo. He also studied in England during this time and returned to EMU to receive his BA in Philosophy and Imaginative Writing in 1987. He continued his cartoons in graduate school at Indiana University, where his panel in the Indiana Daily Student won numerous national awards. . He graduated from IU with a master’s degree in creative writing in 1992.
Credit: Dave Coverly