Navied Mahdavian


I am Miami-born (my apologies in advance), streets of hard knocks-schooled (well, suburbs outside San Francisco) cartoonist currently living in Salt Lake City by way of rural Idaho, with my eyes firmly set on NYC, if only to avoid people’s surprise that I don’t, in fact, already live in NYC. My work has appeared in The New Yorker since 2018. Sometimes, I also convince places like Wired, Reader’s Digest, Alta Online and elsewhere to publish my cartoons. I am currently writing my debut graphic novel, "This Country," (publication slated for fall 2024) about my three years in (very) rural Idaho.

Before becoming a cartoonist, I taught the 5th grade where I learned most of my jokes. When I’m not in Salt Lake City, I spend time in my cabin in the wilds of Idaho communing with birds and pretending like I know what I’m doing.

“High minded? Check. Funny? Sort of.” -

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