Mike Smith has been the Las Vegas Sun’s editorial cartoonist since 1983. His work, which has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post, is nationally syndicated by King Features Syndicate.
Smith came to the Sun after graduating from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in humanities. While there, his work for the campus newspaper earned a first place award from the Chicago Tribune Syndicate’s Campus Cartoon Contest. After seeking out Paul Conrad of The Los Angeles Times for advice, Smith began sending packages of his work to newspapers. At the time the Sun hired him, he was pumping gas by night for National Car Rental at Los Angeles International Airport.
A NASCAR racing buff, Smith also draws a weekly auto-racing cartoon for The Sporting News and is the author of “Nuts for Racing,” a collection of these cartoons.
Smith was the 2011 winner of The Best of The West award for editorial cartooning.
Smith, 53, grew up in San Francisco, the son of a lawyer and a psychiatric nurse. He is married with two young adult daughters.