Mike Marland began drawing editorial cartoons for IndepthNH.org, an online non-profit New Hampshire news site in 2017.
Previous to the Great Newspaper Crash he freelanced editorial cartoons to the Concord Monitor for 29 years and self-syndicated those cartoons to other New Hampshire newspapers.
A native of New Hampshire he enjoys (endures?) a front row seat to the circus known as The First-in-the Nation NH Presidential Primary.
His cartooning career was launched in 1978 at The Courier, a weekly paper in Littleton, NH where he was employed in the composing room. His run with The Courier ended in 2015 after 37 years.
Mike has been cartooning fulltime since 1988. In addition to his editorial work he also has a weekly rural humor comic strip called R.F.D. It has been syndicated by King Features since 1992 and continues to be a popular feature in the King Features Weekly Service package.
Since 2001 Mike has also served as a writer for the long-running King Features comic strip Barney Google & Snuffy Smith.
Post-Newspaper Crash Mike began drawing two webcomics as extentions to his traditional format editorial cartoons. UP on the HiLL is commentary on New Hampshire politics and is funded by readers through Patreon. The BEACH is commentary on the Trump presidency and is also reader-funded by donation (theoretically). He draws it mainly as an alternative to therapy. Many of these webcomics have also been run in The NH Business News.
He's not a fan of winter, but IS a fan of Maine, Maui and the Boston red Sox.