Dan Saad has been a cartoonist for more than 40 years. His work has appeared in the Heritage newspapers, starting with The News-Herald, for 30 years. In addition, he has been drawing editorial cartoons for Crain's Detroit Business since 1994.
In 2016, Dan earned a First Place Award of Excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists, Detroit Chapter for his December 7 editorial cartoon, "Day at the Races," in Crain's Detroit Business. In 2017, he earned a Second Place Award of Excellence from the Detroit SPJ Chapter for his June 13 editorial cartoon, "Capt. Snyder on Planet M" in Crain's Detroit Business.
He began is professional career at Wayne State University where he studied fine art and history, and worked as the editorial cartoonist at the student newspaper, The South End, from 1972-1977.
In the past, Dan was the staff editorial cartoonist for The Daily Tribune, in Royal Oak, and his editorial cartoons have appeared regularly in The Macomb Daily, Suburban Sunday, The Advisor, The Grosse Pointe News and Heating, Cooling and Air Conditioning News.
He has written and drawn four cartoon strips in his career - "Funniestuff" (1976-1981), Donald Sample (1986-1990), Jack Stropp on Sports (The Daily Tribune, 1987-1989) and Trade Secrets (distributed nationally through Heating, Cooling and Air Conditioning News, 1991-1994). He also penned an offbeat cartoon panel titled Quirks, that he self-syndicated between 1989 and 1991.
Dan is a life-long metro-Detroiter and lives in Royal Oak with his wife, Doris.
Editorial Cartoon Awards
2016 SPJ Detroit Second Place "Best Editorial Cartoon, Print"
2015 SPJ Detroit First Place "Best Editorial Cartoon, Print"
2006 Suburban Newspaper Association "Best Weekly Editorial Cartoon"
2007 Suburban Newspaper Association "Best Weekly Editorial Cartoon"