Originally printed in the New Yorker, July 5, 1993.

Cartoonist and author Peter Steiner made waves in 1993 when he created an inauspicious New Yorker cartoon with the caption “On the Internet, no one knows you’re a dog.” Two decades later, the cartoon and the adage are widely known, and Steiner is not only a veteran cartoonist for the New Yorker, the Washington Times, and the Weekly Standard; he is also the author of several crime novels.

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Peter Steiner as a Junior at Walnut Hills High School, 1957

In 1957, as a junior at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, the “talented young gagman” was featured in the “Backboard” section of the Scholastic publication Literary Cavalcade, along with 3 of his Scholastic Award-winning cartoons. According to the spread, the cartooning jury “remarked that Pete’s work was distinguished by a fine visual sense of humor.”

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Peter Steiner’s cartoon won Place in Show.

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Steiner’s Award-winning cartoon was celebrated for not relying on a gag line.

The judges were most impressed that “his cartoons do not depend on a gag line to make them funny. The irony of his situation is immediately evident to the eye and the gag line, when he uses one, only underscores the humor.”

We’re delighted to welcome Mr. Steiner to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards network of alumni!

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