Duane Abel

Duane M. Abel, Author.


Author & Illustrator

Duane M. Abel was born in a small Ohio town and spent his childhood drawing cartoons, watching Saturday morning cartoons and reading the Sunday funnies. He sold his first cartoon to a small magazine at age twelve and began drawing his comic strip ZED at age fifteen for his community newspaper. A few months later Duane would become the youngest syndicated cartoonist in the county with Future Features Syndicate (the company would dissolve a few months later). Before graduating high school Duane accepted a full theatrical scholarship to The University of Akron and signed his first book deal on the same day! Duane majored in overacting while minoring in comedic scene stealing, and upon graduation he married his college sweetheart Coral. In the winter of 2005, Duane formed Corkey Comics Publishing which handles his comic strip for newspapers and book publications. ZED appears in weekly community newspapers and Duane reaches as many as 100 schools a year (and over 1000 in his career) presenting his assembly DRAW YOUR DESTINY! Duane is the host of the TV show CARTOONING WITH DUANE and a member of The National Cartoonists Society. He and his wife still live in Ohio and are the proud parents to two boys. Duane can often be found at the same drawing board he has had since he was ten, his dog Mops can often be found sleeping under it!

Books by Duane Abel

"Bowlers" by Duane M. Abel. A purple cereal mascot is holding his spoon ready to eat a colorful breakfast cereal from a bowl.