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Adam's Rust was created by Adam Rust in 1998. After initial rejection, it was finally picked up in 1999 by the University of Wisconsin's (Adam's college) independent student newspaper, The Badger Herald. Not long after Adam's Rust became a regular installment of the daily paper did it begin to generate attention. One particular gag about the Ku Klux Klan helped fuel an angry on campus protest, accusing Rust and his editor of racism. The comic in question eventually aired on an edition of ABC's Nightline in a piece about race on college campuses.

Rust graduated from college in 2002, and soon Larry Flynt's Hustler Magazine began to run occasional work by Adam. Shortly after that, Rust moved to Chicago where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree, and Adam's Rust began to appear in many other national and local magazines, websites, and newspapers.

Currently Adam has illustrated a children's book titled The Middle School Student's Guide to Ruling the World, which should be published in Spring 2006. Rust is featured in Ted Rall's next Attitude book series, Attitude 3: The New Media Subversive Cartoonist, published by NBM, it too should be out in Spring 2006.

And, fans can now also look for Adam's work in various issues of Mad Magazine.

Other Publications that have featured Adam's work include:

The Funny Times, Hustler Magazine, The Los Angeles Journal, Hustler Humor Magazine, Z Magazine, Third Coast Press, The Door Magazine, The Badger Herald, The Columbia Chronicle, Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine, Alter Magazine,, The Chicago Flame, The Self Publishers and Events Council of Chicago,,,,,,,,,, The Ron Harris Group, RA Graphic Design, the A.R.E.N. newsletter, and

Adam presently resides in Chicago, IL where he draws his comics, teaches drawing classes, works as a carpenter, and drinks too much beer.


  • Albert P. Weisman Memorial Scholarship (it's a fine art thing).
  • Paula Pfeffer & Cheryl Johnson Odim Political Cartoon Contest (Adam won this multiple times, it's a cartoon contest sponsored at the school where he went to graduate school at, Columbia College, Chicago).
  • Art Mart Award, University of Wisconsin juried student show.