Born in 1944 and completely self-taught, Lou Brooks was once employed as a dishwasher at Howard Johnson’s on the Pennsylvania Turnpike before undertaking a more lucrative career as illustrator, designer and author. His art has appeared in just about every major national publication, including over a dozen commissions for covers of Time
. His comic art appeared continuously for ten years in Playboy Magazine
, and is recently featured in Playboy: 50 Years of Cartoons,
edited by Hugh Hefner (Chronicle Books).His ubiquitous re-design of “the little guy in the top hat” for the game of Monopoly is practically as famous as Mickey Mouse, and is known internationally to anyone who plays the game.Major advertising clients include: Coca-Cola, Pizza Hut, Budweiser, Dr. Pepper, CBS, NBC, Milton Bradley, Nikon, Sony, IBM, TWA, Clairol, Verizon, AT&T, Exxon, and others too numerous to mention. His art has been animated for television by MTV, Nickelodeon and HBO .For two years on Saturday nights, he raced a modified midget at Airport Speedway in Dover, Delaware. He has also at various times in his life worked as a disc jockey, stand-up comedian, and night club bouncer. Along with Bill Plympton, Elwood Smith, and Mark Alan Stamaty, he was a founding member of "Ben Day & the Zipatones," an all-cartoonist rock band. But Lou’s proudest lifetime achievement: having dinner with Soupy Sales which escalated into an all-night joke-swapping marathon. After almost twenty years in Manhattan, Lou and his wife Clare now live a few hours north of San Francisco in a secret little valley whose location he refuses to divulge.He is currently developing several illustrated book projects.