Joe Wos

Culture Contributor

Joe Wos is a Pittsburgh based, cartoonist, storyteller, and writer. Joe grew up in North Braddock, a life long "real" Pittsburgher he is the son of a steelworker who always encouraged Joe's artistic and creative pursuits. As a cartoonist he has worked professionally since age 14, and has served as visiting resident cartoonist of the Charles M. Schulz Museum in California, since it's inception in 2001. He is known world-wide for his hand-drawn illustrated mazes, which have been dubbed the world's largest and most difficult by Ripley's Believe it or Not and the Guinness Book of World Records. As a performer he combines live cartoon illustration with traditional storytelling. He has performed nationwide for the past two decades. He served as both founder and executive director of the ToonSeum, Pittsburgh's museum of cartoon art, for 7 years before retiring to further his writing and illustration career. His passion for pop culture history began during his attendance at Carlow University where he pursued an independent major in the history and aesthetics of sequential arts. In 2014 he published a "children's book" entitled "the Three Little Pigsburghers" which tales the story of the Three Little Pigs as told in Pittsburghese. You can follow Joe on Twitter @wosisme