Dave Barry was born in Armonk, New York on July 3, 1947. He received an English degree from Haverford College in 1969. His early attempts at small-town journalism for the Daily Local News in West Chester, Pennsylvania, were directed towards local matters, such as zoning and sewage. In 1975, he briefly attempted to teach business writing to business people. Since then, he has worked as a professional humorist. For many years he wrote a newspaper column that appeared in more than 500 newspapers and for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. He is the author of numerous fiction, nonfiction, and young adult books. His novels include Big Trouble, Tricky Business, Lunatics, and Insane City. His nonfiction works include Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys, Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States, I'll Mature When I'm Dead, and You Can Date Boys When You're Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About. His young adult books include the Starcatchers series and Never Land series.
Jeff MacNelly may not have impressed his boarding-school teachers, but just about everyone after that period stood in awe of his drawing, observation, and general creative abilities. Few people could do as much using both line and word. Susie MacNelly, Jeff's wife and stepmother to his kids, and cocreators Chris Cassatt and Gary Brookins keep Shoe hopping with consistently fresh material and lively art. Shoe now appears in 650 daily and Sunday newspapers around the world.