Joe Wos has been professionally connected to cartoons since the age of 14. For over 30 years his career path has taken as many twists and turns as one of his popular cartoon illustrated mazes.

For 20 years he toured nationwide with his program Once Upon a Toon, combining storytelling and live cartoon illustration.


In 2002 Joe became the first visiting resident cartoonist at The Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA. He has returned to perform and lead workshops every year since.

In 2007 Joe leveraged his expertise as a cartoon historian to found the ToonSeum, a cartoon art museum in Pittsburgh, PA. He would serve as the executive director for 7 years before returning to focus on pursuing his art. Joe remains a sought after expert in animation, speaking at conventions worldwide.


He continues to find unique ways to pursue his passion for cartoons. He illustrates live performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, exhibits his art in museums and his MazeToons, a unique edition to the funny pages that is part cartoon and part puzzle, is syndicated nationwide by Creators Syndicate.


Besides his work in the cartoon arts, Joe is a freelance writer for the Pittsburgh Tribune Review and pop culture contributor to WESA, an NPR affiliate. His writing often explores the role of pop culture in American history.