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Biography:
 
Jack was born in Orlando, FL during the Pre-Disney World Epoch and started cartooning before entering the first grade.  He grew up on the beaches of the East coast of Florida in Daytona Beach and later Melbourne. Cassady graduated from Melbourne High School and attended Furman University in Greenville, SC.

At Furman Cassady played freshman football and belonged to the Kappa Alpha Order.  He majored in Art, became the student newspaper editorial cartoonist and won Furman’s Maxwell Award in Art upon graduating with a B.A. degree. 

Cassady was also a Distinguished Military Graduate from Furman’s Army R.O.T.C. program.  Later he earned an M.A. degree in Education from Furman and taught there in the Army R.O.T.C. program. Jack went on to serve 22 years as an Army Officer. 
His command and staff assignments ranged from the historic 82nd Airborne (“All American”) Division and various Special Forces units in combat, to positions in the 18th Airborne Corps Headquarters and the 1st Region Army R.O.T.C Headquarters junior and senior programs.
He also served as Professor of Military Science and Chairman of the Army R.O.T.C. departments at Georgia Military College and the University of Tennessee at Martin. Cassady has many U.S. military and foreign awards and decorations.  While in the service Jack began freelancing gag cartoons to magazines and publications as a hobby.  He retired from the Army at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

After leaving the service and returning to graduate school at Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) Cassady earned another M.A. degree in Independent Studies focusing on the academic areas of Illustration, Design and the Copyright Law for Visual Communications.

It was during this time he created, produced and hosted the Public TV series called “Funny Business, the Art in Cartooning” in conjunction with his good friend Harmon McBride, the executive producer of Tennessee’s largest Public TV station, WDCN in Nashville, TN. Thirteen half hour episodes of the popular series were seen in approximately 38 states over a three year period.
Cassady taught cartooning at the University of Memphis in the Continuing Education program.  He also founded a club of area cartoonists, writers, collectors and fans who enjoyed cartoon art.  The Mid-South Cartoonists Association is still flourishing in the Memphis area.

After graduate school in Memphis, Cassady returned to Florida and opened a small graphic arts studio in North Tampa specializing in Cartooning and Humorous Illustration.  He continued teaching part time at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg Junior College and Hillsborough Community College. He taught Cartooning, Basic Design, Drawing, Illustration, Professional Practices and Art Appreciation courses. Many weekends found Jack providing entertainment by drawing caricatures for business meetings, parties, clubs and conventions in the Tampa Bay area. 

He also conducted several work shops on the copyright law for visual communications.  Cassady has lectured at colleges, universities, art schools and agencies throughout the country and has written many articles for publication on the subject. He also started another club catering to cartoon arts and those who do it and love it in the Tampa/ St. Petersburg/Clearwater area.  The Suncoast Inkslingers Club (S.I.C.) was born around 1994 and is still going strong and has expanded to include members from Central Florida.
Cassady was given the opportunity to become the Chairman of the Department of Sequential Art at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA in 1998.  While at SCAD he reorganized and relocated the unique department and led them through an Academic Accreditation inspection.
Jack also taught Cartooning,  Sequential Art/ Visual Storytelling, Graduate and Undergraduate Figure Drawing and Art Business classes.  He left SCAD and became the Art Director for the prestigious Heartland Boating Magazine.

His work as a frequent contributor for the Heartland Boating magazine is conducted from his studio near Murphy, high in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. He lives and works with his lovely wife, pet dogs, cats and various critters of the forest.  Jack teaches occasional private classes and part time for the nearby renowned J.C.Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC (home of the famous New Year’s Eve Possum Drop)
He’s active in numerous church, community and national organizations and still finds time for drawing, painting, photography, reading, writing, hiking, FPS multiplayer computer internet games and an occasional skydive.

Appearances & Presentations:

Jack is a public speaker and has made numerous presentations about the funny business of cartooning to audiences of all sizes and ages.  He created, produced and hosted the public TV series, “Funny Business-the Art in Cartooning”.  He also served as an Artist-In-Residence for the city of Germantown, TN and was selected to participate in the Artists in Education Program by the State of Florida from 1995-98.  An authority on the Copyright Law for Visual Communications, Cassady has presented seminars, lectures and workshops to various schools, visual artists and businesses across the nation.

 
Clubs & Organizations:

National Cartoonists Society (NCS)
Graphic Artists Guild (GAG)

Life Member, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) 
Life Member, Special Forces Association (SFA)
Life Member, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) 
Past Member, Board of Trustees, Tri County Community College (NC)
Phi Kappa Phi (National Honor Society) 
Association of the U. S. Army (AUSA)
Administrative Board, Ranger
United Methodist Church
Past Member, The U. S. Parachute Association (USPA)
The Florida Expeditionary Group (FEG)
Past member, National Alumni Board, Furman University
Past President, Suncoast Furman University Alumni Club
Founder/Past President, Mid-South Cartoonists Association
Founder/Past President, Suncoast Inkslingers Club, Inc.
Past President, Blue Ridge Chapter MOAA

Places Jack has Taught:

J.C. Campbell Folk School, Brass town, NC
Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, McDill AFB, FL 
St. Petersburg Junior College, Clearwater, Tarpon Springs, FL 
Elderhostel (SPJC), St. Petersburg, FL
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
University of Tennessee at Martin, TN
Georgia Military College, Milledgeville, GA
Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC
Furman University, Greenville, SC

Exhibits & Shows: 

Dunedin Fine Arts Center, FL 
Print Magazine Design Contest, NY 
Board Reports Magazine Awards, PA
Society of Illustrators, NY
Gesundheit Institute, VA
CARE Exhibit, London
International Salon de l’Humour, France
Cartoonists Association, Salmagundi Club, NYC
Budapest International Cartoon Festival, Hungary
Cats & Dogs, Park Avenue Atrium, NYC
SIGGRAPH 87, Computer Graphics, CA
Cartoon, Master Eagle Gallery, NYC
Illustrators South, TN
Museum of Cartoon Art, Rye Brook, NY & Boca Raton, FL
Festival of Cartoon Art, Ohio State University
Furman Alumni of the 60’s, SC
Memphis Cartoonists and Illustrator’s Exhibit, TN
McMillan’s Gallery, Memphis, TN
American Character Licensing & Merchandising Show, NYC
University of Tennessee at Martin, TN
Gainesville State College, GA

Partial List of Publications and Clients using Jack's Cartoons, Humorous Illustrations and Designs:

Books:

Jack Cassady’s The Best of Monday Funnies and More, Xlibris Publishers
Animals, Animals; Harper & Row
Being Gifted in American Schools, Addison Wesley Publishing Co.
Cats, Cats, Cats; Harper & Row
Drawn Together; Relationships Lampooned, Harpooned and Cartooned; Crown Publishers
DQ, A Basic Manual For Beginning Orienteers, Colonial Press
Essential Idioms In English, Regents Publishing Co.
Practical Business Math, A Performance Approach, Wm. C. Brown Publishers
Thirty Years of Raising Standards, Serbin Communications, Inc.
Unfrocked and Unashamed, Premium Press America
Neither Liberal Nor Conservative Be,
by Larry R. Bradley

U.S. Magazines, Clients & Syndicates:

AMERICAN CAGE-BIRD MAGAZINE
AMERICAN EDUCATOR
AMERICAN MEDICAL NEWS
ARMY MAGAZINE
ARMY TIMES
ART BUSINESS NEWS
AUDUBON
AYERNEWS (NW Ayers Agency)
BAWL STREET JOURNAL
BENCHMARK
BIRDS & BLOOMS
BRIGADE BUGLE (Brigade Qm. Inc.)
BULLETIN OF THE ATOMIC SCIENTISTS
BURGER EATERS REVIEW (Fuddruckers Inc.)
CAMILE PUBLICATIONS
CAMPUS LIFE
CARTOONISTS PROFILES
CASE AND COMMENT
CASSADY'S MONDAY FUNNIES (Internet feature)
CATHOLIC FORRESTER
CHANGE
CHEROKEE SENTINEL
CHESAPEAKE BAY
CHRISTIAN PARENTING
CHUTING STAR
COUSTEAU SOCIETY
DATABUS
DATAMATION
DIVERSION
DUNEDIN FINE ARTS CENTER, INC.
ENVIRONMENT
EYE PRIORITY, INC.
FAMILY ADVOCATE
FAMILY CIRCLE
FIELD AND STREAM
GET RICH QUICK
GLOBE
GOLF JOURNAL
GOLF DIGEST
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
GRAPHIC ARTIST'S GUILD NEWS
HEALTH
HEARTLAND
HEARTLAND BOATING
HOME LIFE
HOSPITAL NEWS
INSIDE BOOKS
INSIDE RUNNING
INSTRUCTOR
INSURANCE SALES
INTRO
JUDICATURE
KING FEATURES SYNDICATE
MC CALL’S
MCNAUGHT SYNDICATE
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED
MEDICAL TRIBUNE
MEMPHIS MAGAZINE
MID-SOUTH MAGAZINE
MILITARY MARKET
MODERN MEDICINE
NATIONAL ENQUIRER
NATIONAL EXAMINER
NATIONAL FORUM
NATIONAL REVIEW
N.C. NEWS SERVICENEWS, INC.
NEW WOMAN
NRTA JOURNAL
NUTRITION HEALTH REVIEW
OFF DUTY
OPTIMIST
OUT OF THE BOXX
PARACHUTIST
PARKHURST PUBLICATIONS
PARTS PUP
PET BUSINESS
PHI DELTA KAPPAN
PRIVATE CLUBS
PRIVATE PRACTICE
PROFILES
PROTOONER
RACQUETBALL ILLUSTRATED
REVIEW OF THE NEWS
ROTARIAN
ROTHCO SYNDICATE
R.S.V. PRODUCTIONS, INC.
SCRIPTURE PRESS PUBLICATIONS
SKYDIVING
SOLDIERS
SOLDIERS, SAILORS & AIRMEN (SAM)
STAMP WORLD
STAR
STAYTOONED
SUN
SUNBELT PUBLISHING (5 Newspapers)
TAMPA BAY PARENT
TAMPA TRIBUNE
TELEBRIEFS
TEN LAUGHS A DAY (Internet)
THE CARTOONIST (NCS)
TRUE DETECTIVE
UPDATE
VFW MAGAZINE
VIRTUE
W.A. SPECIALTY PRESS, INC.
WILSON LIBRARY BULLETIN
WITTY WORLD
WDCN-TV
WOMAN’S WORLD
WORLD SKYDIVING CENTER, INC.
YARN CIRCLE, INC.

Foreign Publications:

India: SPAN
Italy: SETTIMANA
Venezuela: INTERCIENCIA
Switzerland: WELTWOCHE
Hungary: THE COMPUTER IS ALSO HUMAN
France: CA M’INTERESSE
Brazil: ELE ELLA
England: ANNABEL, SHE, MY WEEKLY

Posters/ Prints and Tee Shirts designed and Illustrated by Jack:

Cassady created and produced a line of Military and Sports oriented full color prints along with a line of tee shirt designs for the skydiving community. (See availability at ToonMaker Products)

 

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