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Winter 2022 Magazine
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"What a Hoot!" The Art of Mike Peters on Display at the Main Library

A teacher once wrote in Mike Peters’ yearbook, “Better start growing up, you can’t always draw cartoons!”

petersFifty years, one Pulitzer Prize and many other awards later, Mike Peters is still drawing cartoons. A half century of his artwork is celebrated in “What A Hoot!” a retrospective of his work on display at the Dayton Metro Library, April 3 - May 11. The exhibit features more than 90 pieces – from notebooks and sketches to editorial cartoons and comic strips – in the Main Library’s Opportunity Space @ Patterson, 215 E. Third Street, Dayton. It is free and open to the public.

Mike Peters has drawn nine U.S. Presidents and created a successful comic strip, Mother Goose and Grimm, which has been published worldwide since 1984. He won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning and the National Cartoonists Society’s 1991 Reuben Award for cartoonist of the year. The University of Dayton awarded him an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters Degree in 1998. He began working for the Dayton Daily News in 1969 and his cartoons became nationally syndicated in 1972.

“What a Hoot!” celebrates Cox Media Group’s 50-year relationship with Peters. The artwork on display comes from the cartoon museum at the Ohio State University Library. 

“Mike Peters cartoons have been a popular feature in the Dayton Daily News for many years, and they always give people something to talk about at the water cooler,” said Jayne Klose, Dayton Metro Library Community Engagement Manager. “The Library is so pleased to house this tremendous display of his body of work.”

A raffle for a signed Mike Peters print will be held on the final day of the exhibit, May 11, with the proceeds benefitting the Friends of the Dayton Metro Library.

For more information, call 937.463.2665 or visit

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