Justin Thompson is currently the senior artist at the Charles Schulz studio in Santa Rosa California. His own comic strip ‘MythTickle’ is now in its 17th year of syndication with Universal Press Syndicate at gocomics.com. He has illustrated more than a dozen children’s books including a few self-published stories of his own. His latest book, If I Gave The World My Blanket, which he wrote and illustrated was released from Simon & Schuster in December, 2021. He is one of the first American artists to paint a mural in Havana Cuba since the revolution, creating two murals for Muraleando- an arts community in central Havana. On behalf of the Mentor Project in February of 2023, he painted a mural in Shirati, Tanzania for Tina’s School where he continues to teach Cartooning With Emotions.
For Charles Schulz’s Peanuts, Justin worked extensively in Japan for over ten years, giving presentations and art direction for licensees using the Peanuts brand and has moderated panels at San Diego Comic Con. He is also a Creative Consultant for ‘the Snoopy Show’ currently running on Apple TV.
Justin is also an accomplished Shakespearean actor, storyteller, improv performer, swordsman, equestrian, jouster, and stuntman, having acted on daytime soap operas and battled bad guys in live stunt shows as Robin Hood and Batman. He has taught art and cartooning on both coasts, and even fencing to children in Hoboken New Jersey. Justin was brought in to the Mentor Project to help bring visual arts and cartooning to the Mentor Project’s arsenal of education and study, and perhaps some performing and public speaking as well.
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