Jim Sizemore – RIP

Cartoonist Jim Sizemore has passed away.


OCTOBER 3, 1937 – SEPTEMBER 24, 2018


From the obituary:

Jim had been a Visual Information Specialist in the Social Security Administration’s Art Department in Woodlawn for 23 years until he retired early, in 1988, to become a free-lance cartoonist.


above: Jim’s National Cartoonists Society mini-bio card


[Jim] became a graduate of the “Famous Artists Correspondence School,” earning a certificate in commercial and editorial cartooning; he later earned a painting certificate from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Jim was a member of the National Cartoonists Society for years; he specialized in single-panel “gag” cartoons but also did humorous illustrations. Cartoonist Bob Weber of the Moose Miller strip, also from Baltimore, said, “Jim was the closest friend I had in Maryland and was a very special person.” For several years, his work has been included in the CartoonStock collection, a London-based cartoon library and database. His cartoons were published in magazines such as The Wall Street Journal, TV Guide, and the Saturday Evening Post, as well as in the Baltimore Sun. Walt Carr, cartoonist and longtime friend, a retiree of SSA where he was Jim’s boss for many years in the Art Department, said, “Jim was intense and something special! He always pushed me in my own cartooning endeavors.”


In addition to the above listed publications Jim’s cartoons also appeared in Barron’s, Brandweek, Camera 35, Federal Times, Medical Economics, National Enquirer, and Writer’s Digest, various US business newspapers. Numerous flyers, posters and brochures.


The Baltimore Sun has a nice write-up:

Mr. Sizemore wrote plays, and had three produced in the Baltimore Playwrights Festival. He also designed posters for the Fells Point Corner Theater, among other theatrical groups.

He also developed an educational program, “Cartooning for Kids,” and gave presentations to school-aged children in and around Maryland.

…in recent years he published “Doodlemeister’s Weblog,” an online mix of creative writing, photography and his cartoons.


Jim’s Doodlemeister’s Weblog has a great selection of his cartoons and his writing.