Nick Galifianakis (cartoonist)

Nick Galifianakis (/ˌɡælɪfəˈnækɪs/) is an American cartoonist[1] and artist. Since 1997, he has drawn the cartoons for the nationally syndicated advice column Carolyn Hax, [2] formerly, Tell Me About It – authored by his ex-wife, writer, and columnist for The Washington Post, Carolyn Hax.

Nick Galifianakis
Photo of Nick Galifianakis in 2014
Nick Galifianakis in 2014
OccupationCartoonist, artist
Home townFalls Church, Virginia, U.S.
Spouse(s)Carolyn Hax (former)

Galifianakis illustrated the book Tell Me About It: Lying, Sulking, Getting Fat ... and 56 Other Things NOT to Do While Looking for Love, authored by Hax in 2001. He has illustrated a number of books by writer and novelist Andrew Postman – and was nominated by the National Cartoonists Society for the 2006 Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in the Newspaper Illustration category. In 2010, Nick's first book of his cartoons was published: If You Loved Me, You'd Think This Was Cute: Uncomfortably True Cartoons About You. In 2012 Galifianakis won the Reuben Award for Advertising Illustration. In 2014 he co-authored The Art of Richard Thompson with David Apatoff and Bill Watterson [3] In May, 2017 - while also serving as the host of the 71st annual National Cartoonists Society Reuben Awards - Nick was awarded a Reuben in the category of Newspaper Panel Cartoon for his work on "Nick & Zuzu."[4]


Born in Durham, North Carolina, Galifianakis grew up in Falls Church, Virginia, and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill [1][5] and American University[6] in Washington, D.C.

His career as a cartoonist followed earlier work as an editorial cartoonist and illustrator for USA Today[1] and U.S. News & World Report, and as a freelance editorial cartoonist and illustrator with published illustrations in a variety of nationally distributed periodicals.

Galifianakis is a first cousin of comedian Zach Galifianakis[7] and nephew of former U. S. Representative Nick Galifianakis. He and Hax married in 1994.[1] Divorced in 2002,[8] they continue to collaborate on the column.


Galifianakis's work prominently featured his pit bull, Zuzu, who died in August 2010.[9] Zuzu had been named after a character in the film It's A Wonderful Life, the daughter of George Bailey – who gave him flower petals to carry in his pocket. In early 2011, Galifianakis said in an NPR interview, "the reason the Zuzu cartoons are funny, or any cartoons that anthropomorphize an animal like that, that place it in a human dynamic, is that relationships with animals are generally good."[10] In an August 2010 The Washington Post tribute to Zuzu, Galifianakis had written: "she died a week short of 13, rendering me more human than I had ever cared to be."[11]


  1. ^ a b c d "WEDDINGS; Carolyn H. Hax, N. E. Galifianakis". The New York Times. June 26, 1994. Retrieved November 12, 2009.
  2. ^ "Carolyn Hax at The Washington Post;". The Washington Post. Retrieved Feb 19, 2019.
  3. ^ The Art of Richard Thompson. ASIN 1449447953.CS1 maint: ASIN uses ISBN (link)
  4. ^ "Political cartoonist Ann Telnaes takes top honor at Reuben Awards;". The Oregonian. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  5. ^ Provence, Lisa (March 14, 2012). "Happily-divorced relationship cartoonist tells all". The Hook. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  6. ^ "A Knack for Art;". American Magazine. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  7. ^ Nick Galifianakis [@NGalifianakis] (4 November 2010). "Hey everyone, here's a clip of Zach Galifianakis being a good cousin and promoting my new book, "If You Loved Me,..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ Wilson, Mike (January 12, 2003). "In her own defense". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2009-11-12.
  9. ^ Galifianakis, Nick (August 20, 2010). "Nick Galifianakis draws conclusions about man's, and cartoonist's, best friend". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 20, 2010.
  10. ^ "Cartoonist Sees Bad Relationships In A Funny Way". National Public Radio. February 12, 2011.
  11. ^ "About Zuzu". The Washington Post. August 20, 2010.

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