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David Cowles
David Cowles was born in Rochester, N.Y. on November 3, 1961. After graduating from Victor Central in 1979, Cowles audited classes at the local colleges for a year or so, but his actual education began when he landed a job at the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester in 1983. He began his freelance career two years later, and left the paper to work freelance full-time in 1991.

Cowles' work has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, Vibe, Time, Newsweek, Playboy, People, The Village Voice, Money, Worth, Fortune, Fast Company, Los Angeles Magazine, New York Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, The New Republic and Vanity Fair, among many others. He had an ad commissioned by Absolut Vodka. His work has been featured in American Illustration, The Complete Book of Humorous Art, The Savage Mirror, and Illustration: A Visual History, among others.

His first animated short "Superfunk & Freaky-Dee" won the Grand Jury Prize for animation in the New York Independent Film & Video Festival 2000. Cowles produced a pilot called Skitterville for Playhouse Disney in 2006. In 2007 he produced 10 videos for They Might Be Giants, including four on the Grammy winning DVD "Here Come the 123s.
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