Monday, April 9, 2018
Celebrated author and cartoonist Paul Noth, an alumnus of Rufus King High School and Trowbridge School, visited his former schools to talk about his career and his life as a writer and an artist. Noth is an accomplished cartoonist whose work appears regularly in ‘The New Yorker’ magazine and is also published in ‘The Wall Street Journal.’ He was a regular guest writer for ‘Late Night with Conan O'Brien’ and has also written for ‘The Late Late Show’ and other television programs.
Noth is promoting his first novel as both author and illustrator, the middle-grade fiction book ‘How to Sell Your Family to the Aliens,’ which will be part of a three-part series. During his time in Milwaukee, Paul visited two more MPS schools, Doerfler and Whitman Elementary. At each school, he spent time reading from his book, discussing the importance of his MPS education in shaping his talents, talking about his career journey, demonstrating how to draw cartoons, and signing books. Students had a chance to ask questions and learn about art and writing as possible career paths.
Students at all four schools enjoyed Noth’s visit and some got to take home autographed copies of his book. The events were a fun way to build strong connections between art, literacy, and college and career readiness.
Noth comes from a very creative, talented family. His father, Dom Noth, is a celebrated movie and TV critic. His sister Jeanie Gaffigan works alongside her husband – stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan – to produce and write his materials. Paul's brother Vincent operates the Riverwest Food pantry in Milwaukee, and brother Patrick is involved in myriad entertainment endeavors as an actor, writer, director, and composer.
Noth is making his appearance in conjunction with the MPS Year of the Arts, which has expanded arts programming in all schools through local arts partners and arts integration across all subjects. He is among many guest speakers, visiting artists, and artists-in-residence who have worked with MPS students this year.
Watch footage of Noth's visit to MPS schools on Fox6 and the Morning Blend!