"John Chase has taken what in lesser hands would have
been a dull recounting of fact and made a delightfully accurate yet breezy
—New Orleans Times-Picayune
A New Orleans native, John Churchill Chase attended art school at the Chicago
Academy of Fine Arts. In addition to being a cartoonist, he was also an author,
an illustrator for books and national periodicals, and a public speaker.
He first received national attention as a cartoonist for the New Orleans
States-Item, which is no longer under operation. He continued his work in
the city with the formation of the first regular cartoon on television, which
premiered in 1967 on WDSU.
Born and educated in Southeastern Louisiana, the illustrator's works deal
primarily with the city he knew and loved. From Terpsichore to Gravier, from
Tchopitoulas to Bourbon, he chronicles the development of the Crescent City in
Frenchmen, Desire, Good Children . . . and Other Streets of New Orleans!. This book serves as a humorous and informative reference about the
author's hometown, providing intriguing stories about New Orleans' most
infamous people, places, and events, and how they influenced the city's names
Chase turns to American history with The Louisiana Purchase: An
American Story, a comic book celebrating the two hundredth
anniversary of America's best acquisition. This visual documentation of our
country's development teaches the facts in an amusing manner, all the while
remaining historically accurate. The book appeals to both children and adults
with the author's fresh take on history and the colorful wit displayed
throughout the comic's text and illustrations.
Former president of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists, Chase
is the author of five books. He aptly proves that a story can be accurate,
informative, and hilarious—all at the same time.