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Jerry Craft

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Jerry Craft is a cartoonist and children's book illustrator best known for his syndicated newspaper comic strip Mama's Boyz. Craft is one of only a handful of syndicated African-American cartoonists in the US.

Jerry Craft is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts where he received his BFA degree in advertising. After working in the ad world for a dozen years as a copywriter, he got his first job as a cartoonist working with Barbara Slate on a variety of comic books for Marvel and Harvey Comics. Next, he worked at King Features Syndicate where he wrote sales brochures for some of the world's most popular comic strips.

He followed that with eight years at Sports Illustrated For Kids where he started as a web producer and ended as its Editorial Director. While there he created and executed the popular SI KIDS TV segment which consisted of several Flash-animated TV commercial spoofs such as the 'Randy Moss Driving School' (still available on YouTube).

In the spring of 2001, he was nominated by the National Cartoonists Society for an award in their New Media Division. He also hosted a daily online sports radio show for kids (interviewing athletes such as Derek Jeter and Dontrelle Willis) and did a weekly guest spot on Radio KOL.

In October of 2006, Craft left his job as Editorial Director for in order to pursue his passion for drawing full time under his own company, Mama's Boyz, Inc.

Jerry has been nominated for a Glyph Award for Outstanding Achievement in Black Comics and is the recipient of an African American Literary Awards Open Book Award for the best comic strip, beating out both Curtis and Boondocks.

He has drawn greeting cards, board games, book covers, and illustrations for publications such as Essence Magazine.

Jerry has appeared on WCBs' Sunday Morning, as well as cable news shows such as Cablevision News 12's Our Lives, and in publications like the Stamford Advocate, Cartoonists Profiles magazine, and the Onion.

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