Nick Galifianakis is an American cartoonist and artist. Since 1997, he has drawn the cartoons for the nationally syndicated advice column Carolyn Hax, formerly, Tell Me About It – authored by ex-wife, writer and columnist for the Washington Post, Carolyn Hax.
Galifianakis illustrated the book Tell Me About It: Lying, Sulking, Getting Fat ... and 56 Other Things NOT to Do While Looking for Love, authored by Hax in 2001. He has also illustrated a number of books by writer and novelist Andrew Postman – and was nominated by the National Cartoonists Society for the 2006 Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in the Newspaper Illustration category. In 2010, he published the book If You Loved Me, You'd Think This Was Cute: Uncomfortably True Cartoons About You.
Born in Durham, North Carolina, Galifianakis grew up in Falls Church, Virginia, where he currently lives, and attended the University of North Carolina.
Though he has no formal art education, his father, Peter Galifianakis, is an accomplished sculptor and painter. His career as a cartoonist followed earlier work as an editorial cartoonist and illustrator for USA Today and US News & World Report, and as a free-lance editorial cartoonist and illustrator with published illustrations in a variety of nationally distributed periodicals.
Galifianakis is a first cousin of comedian Zach Galifianakis and nephew of former U. S. Representative Nick Galifianakis. He and Hax married in 1994. Divorced in 2002, they continue to collaborate on the column.
Galifianakis's work often featured his Pit Bull, Zuzu, who died in August 2010. Zuzu had been named after a character in the film It's A Wonderful Life, the daughter of George Bailey – who gave him the flower petals to carry in his pocket. In early 2011, Galifianakis said in an NPR interview, "the reason the Zuzu cartoons are funny, or any cartoons that anthropomorphize an animal like that, that place it in a human dynamic, is that relationships with animals are generally good." In an August 2010 Washington Post tribute to Zuzu, Galifianakis had written: "she died a week short of 13, rendering me more human than I had ever cared to be."
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