About Mike Lester

mike lesterPut a kid in a room alone with nothing but pencils, paper, his own imagination and you get me.  By normal standards I should be an anti-social home pest exterminator by day and WWF fan by night.  But I’m not.  I’m a cartoonist and for two reasons:  I could not hit the curve. But I could hit a nerve.

I am classically trained to be able to find the classical station when I need to.  Beyond that, I’ve been making it up since I was in that room alone.  Truth is, God was in there with me just like he is today and we’ve managed to knock out some pretty descent work in a number of different areas working with some incredibly talented people and for some great clients.

There are more wooden plaques on the wall than I ever imagined, all of them spelled my name right and, frankly, I deserve them.  But my beautiful wife, my two children, Mom, cat and completely untrainable dog I do not deserve.  They are simply a blessing for which I am thankful every day.

  • 2000 National Cartoonist Society: Best Book Illustration
  • 2004 National Cartoonist Society: Best Advertising Illustration
  • 2006 National Cartoonist Society: Best Book Illustration
  • 2008 National Cartoonist Society: Best Book Illustration
  • 2010 National Cartoonist Society: Best Book Illustration
  • 2003 Georgia Press Association Designer of the Year
  • 2007 and 2010 recipient Sigma Delta Chi Award for editorial cartoons given by the Society of Professional Journalists
  • “A is for Salad” written/illustrated by Mike Lester. New York Times Top 10 Children’s Book in 2000.

The Mike Lester Studio, Inc.
301 E. Fifth Ave.
Rome, Georgia 30161
studio: (706) 234 -7733
space phone: (706) 331-1109


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Henry Smith April 30, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Hi, Mike, just read your profile in the UGA Alumni magazine, and wanted to thank you for proudly flying the flag in a business dominated by liberals. I enjoyed your cartoons, like your work (OK, maybe not the bee, but wth, $ is $), and hope your readership is ever-expanding. Well, gotta get back to cleaning my guns and listening to Rush,
Henry Smith ABJ ’69


Mike Lester May 21, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Happy you found me, HS. Wish me luck. I’m working this conserve. corner along but I got this. -ML


Dianna Edwards May 14, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Hey, Mike. Hey, Regan.

Just a public word to say very proud of you both. Glad you haven’t actually left The Enchanted Land or county or whatever because this is a better place with you guys in it. Eric and I would like to see more of you.

All warm regards — Dianna Edwards


Mike Lester May 16, 2012 at 11:21 am

Thanks Dianna but until somebody buys this lovely little historic conveniently located to vibrant downtown cottage I’m sitting in, we ain’t going no where.



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