Dave Coverly, a native of Plainwell, Michigan, is the creator of the cartoon panel “Speed Bump”, which runs internationally in 400 newspapers and websites, including the Washington Post, The Globe & Mail (Toronto), and the Detroit Free Press. His work was named “Best in Newspaper Panels” by the National Cartoonists Society, in 1995, 2003, and 2014.
In 2009 the same organization gave him its highest honor, the prestigious Reuben Award, for “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year”.
His cartoons are published by several greeting card companies, which include American Greetings, Sellers, Marian Heath, and NobleWorks.
Coverly’s cartoons have also appeared in The New Yorker, USA Today, The New York Times, Newsweek, Esquire, Ranger Rick, Jr., and have been a regular feature in Parade. He is also the principle cartoonist for Bark & Co.
Books include Speed Bump: A Collection of Cartoon Skidmarks (Andrews McMeel), Cartoons for Idea People (ECW), Just One %$#@ Speed Bump After Another (ECW), Laughter is the Best Medicine (Sellers), and Dogs Are People, Too (Macmillan). Children’s picture books include Sue MacDonald Had a Book (with Jim Tobin, Macmillan), and The Very Inappropriate Word (with Jim Tobin, Macmillan). His chapter book series began with Night of the Living Worms: The Misadventures of Speed Bump & Slingshot (Macmillan), and continues with Night of the Living Shadows (Macmillan) and Night of the Living Zombie Bugs (fall 2017, Macmillan).
Coverly earned his BS with a double major in Imaginative Writing and Philosophy at Eastern Michigan University, and received his MA in Creative Writing from Indiana University.
In 2011, he was asked to give the commencement address at EMU, and was awarded with an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts.
He lives with his wife, Chris, and daughters Alayna and Simone, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.