An example of Coverly's work

Plainwell cartoonist receives national honor

It’s been a big year for the cartoon “Speed Bump,” and its creator Dave Coverly, a Plainwell native. 

Over Memorial Day weekend, Coverly and Speed Bump received the award for best newspaper panel at the National Cartoonists Society’s 68th annual Reuben Awards in San Diego. 
“The award was especially touching because Speed Bump’s 20th birthday was just a few weeks ago—next year it’ll be able to get into the bars with me!—and because it’s recognition by the very people—other cartoonists—who also head-butt deadlines on a daily basis,” Coverly said. “They know what it takes to stay creative week after week, year after year and decade after decade, I suppose.”
Speed Bump’s win this year is the third for Coverly, who also took home the award in 1995 and 2003.
In 2009, Coverly received the prestigious Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year, the highest honor awarded by the National Cartoonists Society.
In addition to his syndicated work in more than 400 newspapers and websites, Coverly’s single-panel cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker and are regularly featured in Parade Magazine. 
Museum exhibit opens June 21
Coverly’s Speed Bump will also be displayed at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, 230 N. Rose St., from June 21 to Sept. 21. The exhibit, organized by the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, will be on the museum’s first floor.
“It’s a beautiful place, and the gallery show will give those interested in cartoons a chance to see original artwork at its normal size instead of the tiny comics page size,” Coverly said. “In other words, it’ll be much easier to check out my drawing errors in all their glory.”
It will also feature illustrations from “Sue MacDonald Had a Book,” written by Ann Arbor resident Jim Tobin, a frequent collaborator with Coverly.
“I’ll be giving a presentation at the museum on Sept. 21 to wrap up the exhibit, during which I’ll chat about where ideas come from, specifically how to spot them, capture them, subdue them, and train them to do tricks for the public.”
Coverly will also be signing and selling both his Speed Bump and children’s books after the talk.
Coverly grew up in Plainwell and graduated from Plainwell High School in 1982. He began cartooning seriously in 1986 as an undergraduate student at Eastern Michigan University and produced cartoons for the Union Enterprise and The Allegan County News in 1988. He now lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and two daughters.
For more information about the exhibit, call (269) 373-7990 or go to Admission to the museum is free.
To view current Speed Bump panels, as well as extensive archives, or to learn more about artist and creator Dave Coverly, visit and click on the link beneath “Syndication.”

For full story, pick up a copy of the June 12 issue of The Allegan County News, the June 16 The Union Enterprise or subscribe to the e-edition.

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