Mike Dawson

Mike Dawson’ is the author/illustrator of the new middle grade graphic novel, 'The Fifth Quarter,' inspired by his daughter. His work includes the graphic novels 'Freddie & Me' and the Ignatz Award winning 'Troop 142', as well as the cartoon essay collection, 'Rules for Dating My Daughter.' He has published humor comics and strips examining issues of parenting and politics at The Nib, Slate, The New Yorker, The Comics Journal and Upworthy. His comics have been nominated for multiple Eisner and Ignatz Awards as well as the Slate Cartoonists Studio Prize. Mike lives alongside the scenic Jersey Shore with his partner and two children.

Mike Dawson

Parenting

A Letter To My Formerly Over-Scheduled 7th-Grader

I walked past you the other morning, where you sit, in the dining room, on your laptop, “in school”, and I heard a man’s disembodied voice talking about bullying.