About Jenny Campbell

Jenny Campbell

Jenny Campbell

The concept of syndication has been familiar to Jenny Campbell since her high school days in Phoenix, Ariz. That's when her father, Don G. Campbell, a longtime business writer, got his first syndication deal.

Watching her father work hard instilled in Jenny a love of writing and journalism. Throughout college she worked full time at The Arizona Republic, starting as the paper's first female copyboy. She went on to become a picture editor, occasional feature writer and sometime cartoonist. When she graduated from Arizona State University in 1979 with a BA in journalism, she became a sixth-generation journalist.

After graduation, Jenny moved to California and landed a job at the Pasadena Star-News by posing as an accomplished artist. In addition to being a one-person art department, Jenny also wrote a weekly local column, covered myriad features and worked the Friday night police beat.

In 1985, while working at The Orange County Register as a general assignment entertainment writer, Jenny kept doodling and ended up drawing a weekly cartoon in the Friday entertainment supplement. The cartooning bug had bitten her. She felt as though she was the only writer in the building who secretly longed to win a Caldecott Award rather than a Pulitzer. At age 32, Jenny moved to Philadelphia to live with a friend and start her new career as a cartoonist.

She made $3,000 her first year.

Gradually, her work picked up and she found her niche as a children's illustrator. Today, Jenny runs a thriving cartooning business in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, with 12 children's books to her credit and a list of clients including the textbook arms of most major publishers and Highlights for Children magazine.

Jenny lives in Ohio in an 1880s farmhouse with three dogs and a cat, and when she's not up all night drawing cartoons, she's on her bicycle or on a tennis court. She dedicates her work to her late father, who had a deep and abiding love of cartoons and cartoonists.

Check out Jenny's work, Flo & Friends