Mike Shelton produces syndicated
animated political cartoons, as well as print cartoons, illustrations,
caricatures and political animations.
Michael D. Shelton is a libertarian who was the editorial cartoonist for The Orange County Register editorial page for 23 years working alongside such writers as Kenneth Grubbs, John Seiler, Steven Greenhut and the late Alan Bock and others. During those years his cartoons and caricatures were featured in numerous publications including The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Newsday, The New York Times, Newsweek, and CBS News‘ Face the Nation through King Features Syndicate. Shelton also illustrated for the Limbaugh Letter for over 10 years. Most recently, for 3 years, he drew political cartoons for Watchdog.org.
Mike was born in Houston, Texas. He grew up in rural East Texas north of Houston. He served six years in the U.S. Marine Corps, including a tour in Vietnam. After being honorably discharged, he studied Fine Arts at Sam Houston State University.
In September, 1982, he was hired as a staff editorial cartoonist at The Fort Worth Star-Telegram in Ft. Worth, Texas. Shortly after, he accepted the editorial cartoonist position with The Orange County Register
in Santa Ana, California, where he worked until 2006.
He is credited as being the first editorial cartoonist to draw his cartoons directly to computer via a digitizer pad. That year was 1994 when he also produced editorial cartoons in color and he's done it that way ever since.
Additionally, in the mid ’90s, Mike teamed up with colleague Jocelyne Leger to transform newspaper editorial cartoons into the art of the animated editorial cartoon. Perhaps the first female/male animated editorial cartoonist team, they are one of the first cartoonists in the nation to publish animations online (The Orange County Register). By 2006, Freedom Communications Inc, parent company of The Register, offered their animated editorial cartoons to its newspaper websites nation wide.
Mike has won several Regional, State and local awards for editorial cartooning including a Society for News Design Award of Excellence in 2003.