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David Fitzsimmons, AZ Star Editorial Cartoonist

November 14, 2022 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MST

David Fitzsimmons is 67 and should know better. Cartoonist and Editorial Writer for The Arizona Daily Star, Fitz is syndicated to more than 700 news publications — which is timely since there are only 700 newspapers left in the world at this time. A Pulitzer Finalist in 1988, his award-winning cartoons have drawn fire and praise since Geronimo was a paperboy way back in 1986.

When he is not at his drawing board slinging ink or editorials, David is entertaining audiences by tossing out zingers, quick sketch cartoons and caricatures. Known as the “Fastest draw west of the Potomac,” Fitz has opened for PBS’s Mark Russell and has performed his “exceedingly silly” chalk talks in every conference meeting room, theatre, school, and clubhouse west of the San Pedro. Not to mention Palm Springs, Seattle, Reno, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and elsewhere where audiences have suffered his nonsense gladly. No one in the audience is safe.

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He has a bride, three bright and beautiful children, three grandchildren, and three cats. Described as a “Flaming moderate at the fringe of America’s center” Fitz is a snappy dresser who loves reading hate mail from readers, making his kids laugh, and cursing the television.

• David Fitzsimmons was born in 1955

• Graduated from the U of A with a BFA in 1977

• Cartoonist for The Arizona Daily Star since 1986

• His first Editorial Page Editor was the late Tony Snow, former White House Press Secretary for President Bush

• Again: Known as the “Fastest draw west of the Potomac”

• Fitz has performed in every theatre, school, conference meeting room and clubhouse west of the San Pedro

• He has three bright and beautiful children, four cats, one dog and the mouse is missing.

• A “Flaming moderate at the fringe of America’s center”

He started drawing in first grade and went on to compose 11,000 caricatures and editorial cartoons. In his own words:

“I’ve been meeting cartooning deadlines since I was 13, on the staff of the “The Tumbleweed,” the Naylor Middle School yearbook. At Rincon High School, I drew for the “Rincon Echo,” then for the underground paper, the “Frumious Bandersnatch,” then the “Arizona Daily Wildcat” with side trips to “The Pretentious Idea” and the “Tombstone Epitaph.”

“After earning my degree in graphic design, it was the “Oklahoma City Times” and the “Daily Oklahoman,” then onto Chesapeake Bay to work for the “Virginian-Pilot/Ledger Star,” followed by the “Daily Press of Newport News.” At age 30, “The Arizona Daily Star” hired me, and after years of shameless begging I returned home, elated.
“I am one of fewer than 15 editorial cartoonists retaining an American pulpit in this present Age of Madness,” he says.


November 14, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MST
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