V. Cullum Rogers has been editorial cartoonist for The Independent Weekly (www.indyweek.com) in Durham, North Carolina, since 1997. He has served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists since 1998 and was editor of its quarterly magazine, the Notebook, from 1996 to 2002. In December 2002 he chaired a nationally televised panel discussion in Morristown, New Jersey, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of Thomas Nast. He's currently working on a history of the AAEC.
Rogers was born on May 2, 1949, and grew up on a farm near Bennettsville, South Carolina, where he spent his early years reading Time, TV Guide and Mad. His first editorial cartoons appeared in The Davidsonian, the weekly newspaper of North Carolina's Davidson College, from 1967 to 1971. He graduated from Davidson in 1971 with a B.A. in English and received an M.A. in the same subject from UNC-Chapel Hill two years later.
After knocking around Chapel Hill for several years, Rogers began freelancing editorial cartoons to the nearby Durham Morning Herald in 1977. He joined the staff two years later and served as the paper's first full-time editorial cartoonist until the position was eliminated in 1988. Except for a stint as associate editor at Spectator Magazine in Raleigh, N.C., from 1990 to 1992, he has been a freelance cartoonist, writer and editor ever since. His illustration clients include Duke University, GlaxoSmithKline and Raleigh-Durham Airport
Rogers has lived in Durham since 1980. He spends his spare time playing bridge, taking walks, catering to the whims of an aging cat and expanding his collection of over 3,000 books about cartoons and cartoonists.