Georgia Dunn ’04

Degree: B.F.A. Art

Career: Illustrator, cartoonist

Georgia Dunn has a full life—and a full house. The fine arts grad lives with her husband, toddler, infant, and three cats in rural western Rhode Island. And the cats—Puck, Lupin, and Elvis—are not only indispensable members of Dunn’s lively household, they are the inspiration for—not to mention the stars of—her successful online comic strip, Breaking Cat News.

The strip made its debut in the spring of 2014, at a chaotic time when Dunn and her husband—brand new parents who had been living in Seattle for several years—made the decision to head back to their native Rhode Island. They made it back home and Breaking Cat News has been going strong ever since.

Dunn posts two strips each week and currently attracts about 12,000 views from all over the world within a few hours. “Cats and the Internet,” she says. “Go figure!”

Even before her Breaking Cat News website took off, Dunn got an email from an editor at GoComics, the largest online home of comic strips and the owner of the online rights to Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield, Dilbert, and 250 more properties. CoComics cracked a billion page views last year, and they wanted Dunn (and Puck, Lupin, and Elvis) to join them. More importantly, this opportunity offers ad revenue for traffic—nothing too crazy, but enough to make the strip “like a very exciting part-time job,” Dunn says.

In 2016, there will be a Breaking Cat News book—something Dunn’s loyal online readers have been requesting almost since the strip’s inception. And at some point, if things go well, she will also enter the newspaper world. She has a development deal with Universal Uclick, GoComics’ parent company.


Read more: QuadAngles Online—Fall 2015

Photo credit: Nora Lewis 



Pete August has been involved in climate change and environmental management issues in Rhode Island for several decades, so he was the natural choice when Gov. Gina Raimondo sought a chairman for the newly created Rhode Island Executive Climate Change Science and Technical Advisory Board. A former director of the URI Coastal Institute, he founded the University’s Environmental Data Center 30 years ago to apply cutting-edge mapping technologies to address land conservation and natural resource management issues.