John De Salvio is a retired journalist, award-winning political cartoonist, and graphic designer. From 1983 to 2000 more than 500 of his political cartoons were published in Northern California newspapers and magazines covering a wide variety of subjects. "God told me to draw these," his first book, chronicles the cartoons, columns, interviews and news stories about politics, religion, and the military as they impacted gays and lesbians.
Although most of the issues spanned the 1990s, so many are still relevant today.
John was a Benedictine monk through most of the 1970s. As he acknowledges in this book, “I think I left the monastery because I learned more about God than he wanted me to know.”
John is currently working on his next book, "DeSalvio and His 18-year Addiction to Political Cartooning." It will cover national and international issues for a broader audience. He now lives in Burbank, California.