An ink-stained David Fitzsimmons at work
An ink-stained David Fitzsimmons at work

David Fitzsimmons, editorial cartoonist, humor columnist, and blogger for the Arizona Daily Star, will pay a return visit to the Arizona Senior Academy at Academy Village at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 2) with a talk entitled “The Usual Drivel: From a Cartoonist’s Perspective.”

He describes his talk as a wide range of humorous observations with a mix of scholarship and nonsense. He will talk about the audience, his life history, the history of social commentary, art, humor theory, and the value of free expression.

A Pulitzer finalist in 1988, his award-winning cartoons are syndicated to more than 700 news publications and regularly draw both fire and praise.

When he’s not at his drawing board slinging ink or writing editorials, Fitzsimmons is entertaining audiences with his insights and incoherent doodles. Known as the “Fastest draw west of the Potomac” Fitz has opened for PBS’s Mark Russell and claims to have performed his chalk talks “in every casino, conference, resort meeting room, theatre, school, and clubhouse west of the San Pedro.”

“Fitz,” as he is known to his followers, was born in 1955, graduated from the University of Arizona with a BFA in 1977, has been a cartoonist for The Arizona Daily Star since 1986.

He describes himself as a “flaming moderate at the fringe of America’s center,” who loves reading hate-mail from readers, making his kids laugh, and cursing the television. For more cartoons and more insights from David Fitzsimmons, you can visit his Arizona Daily Star blog at

Written by Charles Prewitt, Academy Village Volunteer

Daily Star Cartoonist Returns With ‘The Usual Drivel’: Dec.2015
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