My name is David Gilbert. I was born in Syracuse,
New York in May of 1971 and like most cartoonists, I started drawing
at a very early age. My first real cartoon I recall drawing was
of Speedy Gonzales copied off a McDonald's Warner Brothers Specialty
glass. I was five years old. My mother framed it and hung it on
a wall in the living room where it still hangs today.
In the following years, I read any comic
strip and animation books I could get my hands on. Heathcliff and
Family Circus were the ones most readily available to me, and with
the eighties came Garfield and Calvin & Hobbes.
It was in eighth grade when I noticed at
the bottom of a Garfield strip the name "Jim Davis". At
that moment the thought dawned on me that this person gets up every
morning, draws a cartoon then goes back to bed! 'That is what I
want to do for a living!', I thought.