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Peter Joseph Swanson


Born in Cedar Rapids Iowa, the Swanson family moved to a farm north-east of Quincy Illinois while he was still a baby. Swanson graduated from Quincy Senior High in 1981. He attended Culver-Stockton College at Canton Missouri for an Associates in Arts degree before finishing a bachelor's degree in cinema and fine art at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Illinois. He now lives in Minneapolis Minnesota.

Swanson was first published in 2001 by Adventure Book Publishers in Calgary Alberta Canada. He wrote and did the watercolor artwork for a children's e-book, Dinosaur Circus at the Center of the Earth. The publisher went out of business in 2002 and the story is now a part of a collection of children's stories in Kindle at Amazon, 3 Children's Stories (and 2 poems).
Swanson wrote and drew the art for a three-panel comic strip, The Joan Comics, inspired by the life of movie star Joan Crawford. It was published in Queue Press, a weekly Minneapolis gay newspaper, from 2002-2005. When the paper went out of business in 2005 the strip ran in a glossy international gay magazine, Outlands, in Reno Nevada, that distributed mainly to the American West, and Israel. The Joan Comics are now published as a collection.