Dean P. Turnbloom is a cartoonist, editor, defense contractor, and former navy officer. His work has been published in regional and national newspapers, and Pelican's Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year, as well as online by establishments such as CNN.com. In Prizewinning Political Cartoons, he celebrates the art, the artists, and the organizations that honor the genre of editorial cartoons.
Although this book does not contain any of his own artwork, Turnbloom anthologizes the top editorial cartooning awards of the year along with their winners. Featured awards include the Pulitzer Prize, National Headliner Award, and the Herblock Prize, to name a few.
Born and raised in Oakland, Indiana, Turnbloom joined the United States Navy in 1973 as a seaman's apprentice. Training as an electronics technician, he worked his way up the ranks to the position of chief warrant officer and retired from the rank of CWO4 after thirty-one years of dutiful service. Turnbloom began having his cartoons published after he retired.
Subsequent to his naval career, Turnbloom was employed as a defense contractor. He is a naval civilian, working with the navy installing shipboard network systems on fleet ships. He and his wife of thirty years, Nanette, have three children, Lucas, Bethany, and Jacob. They are residents of San Diego, California.