Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller
Type: Comic Strip
Available for print / Web / mobile
Non Sequitur is Wiley Miller's wry look at the absurdities of modern life. A hit with millions of fans, the strip is syndicated in more than 700 newspapers. Wiley is the recipient of the Rueben Award, naming him Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year by the National Cartoonists Society in 2014, the most prestigious prize in cartooning. Non Sequitur has won four National Cartoonists Society divisional awards, and is the only comic to win in both the best comic strip and best comic panel categories.
Wiley Miller has always had one simple goal: "Produce the funniest, best-drawn cartoon possible, regardless of theme, subject matter or setting." Non Sequitur has accomplished that and more: A hit with fans of all ages, the strip is distributed to more than 700 newspapers.
Wiley is the recipient of the Rueben Award, naming him Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year by the National Cartoonists Society in 2014, the most prestigious prize in cartooning. In addition to that, Non Sequitur has won four National Cartoonists Society divisional awards, and Wiley was the first cartoonist to be presented a divisional award after only one year in syndication. He's the only one ever to win in both the comic strip and comic panel categories.
"Innovation" is a constant in Wiley's approach to cartooning, and his ongoing quest to stretch the medium has been integral to Non Sequitur's success. While the strip's sardonic humor and distinctive art have given Non Sequitur an impassioned following among readers, Wiley's technical innovations have earned admiration from newspaper editors and comics connoisseurs. In addition to developing a unique drawing method that allows the cartoon to be used in either a strip or panel format, Wiley also pioneered a cost-effective way to produce the strip using process color, which gives it a depth and richness of color not seen previously on the comics page.
Wiley studied art at Virginia Commonwealth University and worked for several educational film studios in Los Angeles before joining the Greensboro, N.C., News & Record as staff artist/editorial cartoonist in 1976. After a stint at the Santa Rosa Press Democrat in California, he created his first syndicated strip, Fenton, in 1982. He returned to editorial cartooning three years later, joining the staff of the San Francisco Examiner.
In 1988, Wiley was named Best Editorial Cartoonist by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. He won the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for editorial cartooning in 1991.
A native of California, Wiley and his family now live in Georgia.
Meet the Cast of Non Sequitur
Danae Danae's trademark skull-in-a-heart T-shirt perfectly reflects her innate cynicism. Always ready to see the dark side of life, she wages war against the world by constantly pushing the limits of what society deems acceptable behavior -- pushing all the way to the vice principal's office.
Lucy Danae's lovable pet horse, a pygmy Clydesdale with attitude who patiently tries to point out the absurdities of Danae's many schemes, but loyally follows along, just to be sure no one gets hurt.
Joe Looking for love and a paycheck, underemployed former talk-radio host and single father Joe Pyle has moved back home to Maine with his two girls, Danae and Kate.
Kate Danae's sunny little sister is everything her sister isn't -- optimistic, self-assured and content.
Wiley Miller's background as an editorial cartoonist comes through loud and clear in Non Sequitur. He has an editorialist's talent for sharp observation of the political and social landscape and low tolerance for spin. Non Sequitur is a thinking man's cartoon -- those living under a rock need not bother.
Wiley uses two approaches to his work: single cartoons that stand alone trade off weeks in the spotlight with storylines and recurring characters, especially a cynical tyke named Danae and her long-suffering extended family. All deliver an acid wit that readers respond to with enthusiastic applause.