Dave Coverly admits there is no overriding theme, no tidy little philosophy that precisely describes what his single panel cartoons know as Speed Bump is about. ''Basically,'' he says, ''if life were a movie, these would be the outtakes.''These ''outtakes'' now appear in over 400 newspapers and Web sites, including the Washington Post, Toronto Globe & Mail, Detroit Free Press, Chicago Tribune, Indianapolis Star, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and many more. Coverly's cartoons appear in Esquire, Parade, The New York Times, and USA Today. In 2009, Dave was given the prestigious Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year, the highest honor awarded by The National Cartoonists Society. More information on the award and its past winners may be found at reuben.org. Coverly is also the illustrator of two children's books, The Very Inappropriate Word (Holt, 2013) and Sue MacDonald Had a Book (Holt, 2009). He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife Chris, and their two daughters, Alayna and Simone.