Once Upon a Toon


Internationally syndicated, award winning cartoonist, Joe Wos presents a show combining storytelling and live cartoon illustration! Joe draws the stories as he tells them. A single show features a guessing game, cartooning demonstration, two stories, and up to 20 illustrations all created live before your audience. Cartooning Workshops also available.

About Joe
Joe Wos has been a professional cartoonist since the age of 14. His career path over the past 35 years has taken as many twists and turns as one of his mazes, as he finds new and innovative ways to pursue his passion for the cartoon arts.

Some highlights include spending 25 years touring nationwide as a performer, illustrating stories live as he told them; founding and running a cartoon art museum in Pittsburgh; illustrating symphony performances live with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; and exhibiting his art in museums worldwide. Joe has also been the visiting resident cartoonist of the Charles M. Schulz Museum for the past 20 years.

With MazeToons — a unique hybrid illustration that is part cartoon and part puzzle — Joe has fulfilled a lifelong dream to appear in the funny pages. MazeToons is distributed world-wide by King Features Syndicate.

  • He is the author and illustrator of a dozen books including “A-Maze-Ing Peanuts” featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the whole Peanuts gang.
  • Joe is the Brand Character Integrity Consultant and artist for Charlie the Tuna of StarKist fame.
  • Joe is also the host and creator of “Cartoon Academy” as seen on PBS affiliates. In 2021 he was nominated for an Emmy for his role as host.
  • Joe is the winner of the 2020 Divisional Reuben Award for the Variety Category as presented by the National Cartoonists Society.
  • With great delight, he has heard every variation of the phrase “A-maze-ing.”

Additional Information

Contact Person

Joe Wos

Email Address


Work Phone Number



525 Fourth Street, apt 1




Program Type

I offer both a live performance where I draw stories as I tell them as well as cartooning workshops.

Single Performance Fee


Residency Fee

Contact performer

Recommended Ages

all ages

Recommended Minimum Age


Recommended Maximum Age


Maximum Group Size


Travel Range

Willing to perform in the following counties:

  • Apache
  • Cochise
  • Coconino
  • Gila
  • Graham
  • Greenlee
  • La Paz
  • Maricopa
  • Mohave
  • Navajo
  • Pima
  • Pinal
  • Santa Cruz
  • Yavapai
  • Yuma

Willing to work with libraries?


Willing to work with schools?


Library References

Available upon request, I perform nationwide.

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Offers a Virtual Performance Option?


Virtual Performance Description

I offer both storytelling/cartooning performances and assembly programs as well as hands on cartooning workshops.

Virtual Performance Fee


Virtual Performance Technical Needs

I bring all equipment

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