Russmo’s one of those rare breeds who values his privacy; hence, he makes use of a pen name and doesn’t share every moment of his life via Facebook and Twitter.
Still, if you drop him a legitimate personal email, he’ll most likely use his real name.
Russmo started his cartoon career in Arizona in the late 1980’s.
Working as a reporter while studying journalism in college, Russmo discovered he had a talent for graphic design and political cartooning. These talents which were quickly put to good use by the publishers of the Mogollon Advisor and Backbone newspapers.
Within months McCain was one of the first targets of Russmo’s cartoons.
Later, as requests mounted for publication in other rural publications, Russmo started a small independent self-syndication service.
As a libertarian, Russmo regularly received hate mail from both leftists and rightists. Leftists called him a “conservative nut” while rightists called him a “flaming liberal.”
The trend continues today as Democrats and Republicans alike fail to recognize that the political spectrum is not a straight line.
Some of us simply don’t like big government–whether it comes from the left or right.
And that includes Russmo.
In 2003, after the War on Terrorism got into full swing, Russmo did something that was unheard of at the time: provided all his cartoons online completely free in an open source format. Low resolution cartoons were available to anyone with the click of a button.
Meanwhile Russmo made his living by selling higher-resolution art to publishers who preferred to pay for print-quality images.
The long road of recovery meant years of physical therapy, follow-up surgeries and pain managment… and little time for cartooning.
During this time an archive or Russmo cartoons was still maintained at Russmo.com. And requests for high-res art of some of the more “timeless” cartoons continued month after month.
Only a handful of new cartoons were completed during these “dark” years; however, in 2016 Russmo began cartooning again.
The goal was to revamp the website and to start creating one new cartoon every two weeks.
It’s a modest goal, but realistic when considering the nature of Russmo’s injuries… and that he is only able to work part-time to make a living.
Russmo hopes to increase the frequency of cartoons over time. It will depend on whether his cartoons prove popular again.
Obviously the next goal will be a weekly cartoon.