Cornered by Mike Baldwin
Type: Comic Panel
They're trapped, they're desperate, they're Cornered. The characters in Mike Baldwin's quirky cartoon lead lives of quiet desperation, with hilarious results. Humor gets to go places polite company simply can't, and Cornered often wanders into what if territory. In the end, it's discovering the inconvenient truth of being Cornered that sets you free.
Canadian native Mike Baldwin is the creator of the famed comic panel Cornered. The characters in Baldwin's quirky cartoon lead lives of quiet desperation, with hilarious results. Humor gets to go places polite company simply can't, and Cornered wanders along for the ride. In the end, it's discovering the inconvenient truth of being Cornered that sets you free. You just gotta laugh. “People go out of their way to appear less stupid,” said Baldwin. “We notice when we catch others doing it, but there’s a blind spot on our rearview mirror. What I try to do in Cornered is focus on that spot. Sketch out the blurry bits when we’re doing our best to be taken seriously and no one is buying it. Humor has a way of taking those awkward moments and replacing the sting with a smile of recognition. The humor in Cornered is quick and true and helps vaccinate us against all sorts of nonsense and seriousness that lies in wait around each corner.”
Finding his way into the newspaper industry, Baldwin began cartooning with various Canadian newspapers. Working his way up, Baldwin was editorial art director at the Hamilton Spectator from 1986 to 1998. He also worked in advertising for many years and spearheaded a number of strong, successful campaigns. On a personal note, Mike gave up drinking and smoking over two decades ago and is happy to share his gratitude for the sobriety, health and many opportunities that followed. Mike lives in Ontario, Canada, with his wife, Lynda, and two very demanding cats.
Meet the Cast of Cornered
Life isn't fair, and no one knows that better than the sad sacks who inhabit Mike Baldwin's universe. At work, at home, on a date, even meeting St. Peter at the pearly gates, these people never catch a break. But their pain is our good fortune as a dose of Cornered brightens the dullest day.
A former class clown, Mike has overcome early predictions that he'll never amount to much by successfully combining his love of art and talent for humor. He draws lumpy losers in an easy style that suits their innate goofiness, but sometimes belies the sharpness of his jokes.