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From 1980 to 1990 The Neighborhood graced the comic pages of newspapers across the country. Along with Gary Larson's The Far Side it redefined the single panel gag cartoon with short bursts of sophisticated and surreal humor. Van Amerongen introduced Ballard Street in 1991 . . . a rich continuation of his singular humor.
Jerry Van Amerongen's cartoons have been in continuous syndication for over 26 years. Countless greeting cards calendars many other licensed products and now the Internet have created a large and loyal following over the years.
Jerry Van Amerongen is a two time winner of The Best Newspaper Cartoon Panel Of The Year Award by the National Cartoonist Society. His cartoons have been in continuous syndication for over 34 years. 13 book collections countless greeting cards calendars many other licensed products and now the internet have created a large and loyal following.
Jerry spent the first 17 years of his professional life in corporate sales marketing and product management coming to cartooning at the age of 40. His cartoon ideas come from scribbles and "thumb nail" sketches as often as they do from preconceived ideas. Each deftly designed panel relies on facial expressions and body language to give us additional information beyond the caption providing motivation for the action of the characters.
Jerry Van Amerongen was born and raised in Grand Rapids Michigan. Boyhood memories shaped by the ethnic influences of his Dutch and Polish heritage images of roly-poly women in print dresses and big men in baggy trousers shape the look of his characters. Jerry lives in Minnesota with his wife Linda.