Growing up with rockets on Florida's Space Coast, Jeff Parker began his cartooning career as an editorial cartoonist at Florida Environments newsmagazine in 1989 followed by Orlando Business Journal in 1990 before joining the staff of his hometown newspaper, FLORIDA TODAY, in 1992. He “retired” from editorial cartooning in 2013 after more than 21 years at FLORIDA TODAY.
Jeff is presently co-creator of the daily comic strip “Dustin” with friend and fellow editorial cartoonist, Steve Kelley. Each day, “Dustin” invites readers into the lives of the Kudlick family, who have welcomed the strip’s unemployed, 23-year-old namesake back into the house after college for “just a little while.”
“Dustin” is syndicated by King Features and can be found in more than 330 newspapers worldwide. In 2011, “Dustin” was recognized with the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Division Award for Best Newspaper Comic Strip and nominated for the same in 2012 and 2013.
Jeff also helps Mike Peters produce his wildly-popular comic strip, “Mother Goose & Grimm.”
He is a member of both the National Cartoonists Society and the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. His editorial cartoon recognition included awards from Gannett News Service, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Florida Society of News Editors, the Florida Press Club and the Florida Press Association. In 2004, Jeff and Steve were honored to take home the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Division Award for Editorial Cartooning after four prior nominations. He has been published in Pelican Books' Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year since 1992.
Jeff works from his home studio. His wife, Pat, considers him her only child.