Mike Ostresh Cartoons

About Mike Ostresh

Mike Ostresh, a Humorous Illustrator, has been cartooning since childhood.  A graduate of Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville he was staff editorial cartoonist and also created Kyna the comic strip about the campus cougar.  Mike also held the position as staff cartoonist at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley and was awarded Cartoonist of the Year for 2 consecutive years in statewide competitions. An original Step Dad cartoon honoring the late Charles Schulz was requested by Jeanie Schulz to be displayed in the Charles M. Schulz Museum. 

Mike has worked for the newspaper industry for close to 30 years. Currently, his comic strip, Today’s Special, is published weekly in the Advantage News.  He currently resides in the St. Louis area with his wife Tina and son Noah.

Published Work

  • Granite City High School Student Newspaper 1977 - 1978 - Staff Cartoonist
  • Granite City Press-Record 1980 - 1981 - Sports Cartoonist
  • Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville 1981 - 1983 - “Kyna” comic strip in the student newspaper, Editorial Cartoons and Spot Illustrations
  • St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley 1987 - 1991 - Staff Cartoonist Student Newspaper "Flo Funnies" and "Wendall" Comic Strips
  • Awarded top College Cartoonist for the State of Missouri 1987 - 1988
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch 1989 - 2012 - Advertising Art and Spot Illustrations
  • 30 Levels of Financial Freedom by Tom Rees 2006 - Cover Design and Page Illustrations
  • Go Comics/Comics Sherpa 1997 - 2013 - “Stepdad” comic strip multi-panel
  • Advantage News 2015 - Present - "Today's Special" single panel cartoon strip

Professional Experience

  • Owner/Graphic Designer MDO Graphics 2013 - Present
    Design and produce printed and electronic materials.
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, MO. 1989 - 2012
    Successfully manage and coordinate graphic design projects from concept through completion. Collaborate with clients to create vision and conceive designs. Create highly persuasive sales and marketing presentations.
  • Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis 1984 - 1989
    Created advertising layouts and graphics for sales team and marketing presentations. Provided camera-ready illustrations for publication.


  • Web Design Degree - Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville, IL.
  • Digital Design Courses - St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley - Florissant, MO.
  • Bachelors Fine Art in Graphic Design - Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville - Edwardsville, IL.