Hello. I'm K.J. Kolka, and I live in the city of Gaylord, Michigan, located on the 45th parallel, halfway between the Equator and the North Pole. Here I work at the local newspaper where I am the religion writer, editorial cartoonist, occasional photographer and photo tech.
I grew up in the little community of Grayling and was a very creative child. My father introduced me to newspaper comics when I was very young, reading them to me upon his knee.
I studied English and art at Concordia College (now University) in Ann Arbor, Michigan and later at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana, finally completing a bachelor's degree. The succeeding years were spent in the pubication field, doing everything from prepress work to publication layout to writing.
My wife Diane and I have been married since 1992 and we have one daughter. Between that and my family, I find life to be full of adventure, even without a cape or costume.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, especially mysteries (Sherlock Holmes, Poirot and Father Dowling are among my list of favorites) and newspaper comic strips; history/archaeology; theology; traveling and bicycling.
In 2007, after publishing The Cardinal in a free tabloid publication for 16 years, it became time to take the strip in a new direction once again, with a potentially larger audience here at GoComics. I'm excited and full of ideas.
Listen to an interview with K.J. Kolka on Interlochen Public Radio