Keith Knight (cartoonist)

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Keith Knight
Born Keith Edgar Knight Jr.
(1966-08-24) August 24, 1966 (age 51)
Malden, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Area(s) Cartoonist
Notable works
The K Chronicles
The Knight Life

Glyph Comics Awards, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011
Harvey Award, 2007
Comic Con Inkpot Award, 2010

NAACP History Maker Award, 2015
Belle Foundation Grant Recipient, 2015

Keith Edgar Knight Jr. (born August 24, 1966) is an American cartoonist and musician. While his work is humorous and universal in appeal, he also often deals with political, social, and racial issues. His regular feature The K Chronicles appears in various outlets, including DailyKos and previously appeared in the San Francisco Examiner, while (Th)ink is published on several newspapers and websites, especially African-American sites. A syndicated daily strip for United Media, The Knight Life, was launched in 2008. Knight is also the artist for two strips appearing in Mad, "Father O'Flannity's Hot Tub Confessions" and "Bully Baby".

In the March 14, 2012 strip of The K Chronicles, he announced he was working on a graphic novel about his brief (1984–1985) career as a professional Michael Jackson impersonator. The book will be entitled "I Was a Teenage Michael Jackson Impersonator".

Knight also appeared in The Marginal Prophets, a hip-hop band. Previously a resident of San Francisco, in 2007 he moved to Los Angeles. He was raised in the Boston area.

Now based in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, Knight has become a public speaker with comic strip slideshows addressing police brutality and the role it has played since the early years of his country.

Personal life[edit]

Knight was born in Malden, Massachusetts. He is married to German-born illustrator Kerstin Konietzka-Knight, and they have two children; they appear as characters in The K Chronicles and The Knight Life. (The timeline of The Knight Life is about two years behind The K Chronicles.) Knight often pokes gentle fun at his wife's mangling of English idioms. Their first son is not referred to by name, but is sometimes referred to as The Unbearable Cuteness of Being.


In 2007, The K Chronicles won the Harvey Kurtzman Award for Best Syndicated Comic Strip. The other nominees were Antiques: The Comic Strip, Doonesbury, Maakies and Mutts.[1]

The K Chronicles has won the Glyph Award "Best Comic Strip" multiple times, including 2006, 2007, 2009 ,and 2010.[citation needed]

In 2010, Knight was presented a Comic-Con Inkpot Award for career achievement at Comic-Con in San Diego.[citation needed]


Discography (with Marginal Prophets)[edit]

  • Twist the Nob (1997)
  • dead hippie bootleg : the Marginal Prophets live!! (2002)
  • Bohemian Rap CD (2004)

Film Credits[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 13, 2009. Retrieved November 13, 2009. 
  • Lanier, Chris (November–December 2008). "'The comics page shouldn't be like a jury...'". The Believer. 6 (9): 71–78. 

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