HARRY BLISS is an award-winning cartoonist and staff/cover artist for The New Yorker magazine. Born in Rochester, NY, amidst a family of successful painters and illustrators, (and readers of The New Yorker), Harry went on to study painting at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and illustration at The University of the Arts (BFA) and Syracuse University (MA). Prior to his cartoons and covers for The New Yorker magazine, Harry illustrated dozens of book covers for writers such as Lawrence Block, Dorothy Uhnak, Bob Dole, and Fiona Buckley.
He is the illustrator of several children's books including his latest own book, Bailey, and Diary of a Worm,Diary of a Spider and Diary of a Fly by Doreen Cronin and A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech. In talking about Creech's book Harry says: "Each day, I pick up my son, Alex, from school, I always get a kick out of the expressions of exhilaration on the kids' faces when the bell rings, sending them off and running. But it's so cold here in northen Vermont that most of the kids head straight home to a fine, fine cup of hot chocolate." Sharon says on her web page: "I think the story is amusing on its own, but I find Harry Bliss' illustrations really funny. He's made Tillie's dog into a great character, and he also shows the increasingly encumbered students toting enormous backpacks and books like Ridiculously Difficult Algebra and The Meaning of Life. There are so many funny things going on in each picture."