M. K. Brown
BornMary K. Brown
Connecticut, U.S.
Area(s)Cartoonist, Artist
Notable works
Dr. N!Godatu
Aunt Mary's Kitchen
Spouse(s)B. Kliban

M. K. Brown is an American cartoonist and painter whose work has appeared in many publications, including National Lampoon (1972-1981),[1] Mother Jones, Wimmen's Comix, The New Yorker, Playboy, among others.[2] She has written several books, created animations for The Tracey Ullman Show, and was a contributing artist to the "comic jam" graphic novel The Narrative Corpse. She is also an accomplished painter with work in galleries and many private collections.

Lynda Barry, cartoonist of the comic strip Ernie Pook's Comeek, lists Brown one of her early influences.[3]

Personal life

M.K. Brown was born in Connecticut and she grew up in Darien, Connecticut and New Brunswick, Canada.[4][5] She attended school at Silvermine Guild School of Art (now named Silvermine Guild Arts Center) in New Canaan, Connecticut with cartoonist, Manuel "Spain" Rodriguez.[6]

Brown was married to fellow cartoonist B. Kliban; together they had a daughter, Kalia who is a dancer[7][8] and artist.[9] Since 1967, she has lived in Fairfax, California in Marin County.[9] Brown was married to Gunard Solberg[10]

Dr. N!Godatu

Dr. N!Godatu
Dr. N!Godatu

Her animated series Dr. N!Godatu (with Julie Payne as Dr. Janice N!Godatu) debuted in 1987 on The Tracey Ullman Show alternating with Simpsons shorts (animated by the same Klasky Csupo team).[11] Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright and Dan Castellaneta from The Simpsons provided voices: Kavner as her receptionist Elaine, Cartwright in "Freeway" (as Dr. N!Godatu's friend who refuses to drive on freeways, through tunnels, or over bridges), and Castellaneta in "Blind Date" (as the date) and "Fishtank" (as the fish tank repairmen). There were six shorts in all, each divided into four Acts. There were also two unreleased episodes (The Party and The Proposal). Dr. N!Godatu is pronounced without a vowel sound preceding the N and a clicked G.

Episode synopsis

Character list

National Lampoon magazine

M. K. Brown contributed various strips to National Lampoon magazine between 1972 until 1981;[1] "Aunt Mary's Kitchen" featuring regularly from the early '70s into the early '80s, often in multi-page full color spreads. In 1983 Collier Books published the "Aunt Mary's Kitchen" cookbook of 140 recipes gathered by M. K. Brown.

"Aunt Mary's Kitchen"

Book cover of Aunt Mary's Cook Book.
Book cover of Aunt Mary's Cook Book.


Books authored by M.K. Brown

Illustrations by M.K. Brown

Comic strip anthologies


Year Title Role Type Network and/or production Notes
1987 The Tracey Ullman Show, "Dr. N!Godatu" Script, Animation Television Fox Season 1, short animation vignettes.[11]
1991 Doug Script Television Nickelodeon ACE Award nomination
1996–1998 Things That Go Bump in The Night Script Television Danger Productions, Greengrass Productions [14]


  1. ^ a b c "M.K. Brown". Graphics Classics. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2019-12-18.
  2. ^ Kirby, Robert (2014). "Stranger Than Life: Cartoons and Comics 1970-2013 |". The Comics Journal. Fantagraphics Books Inc. Retrieved 2019-12-19.
  3. ^ Barry, Lynda. Blabber, Blabber, Blabber: Volume 1 of Everything (Drawn and Quarterly Comics and Graphic Novels 31 October 2011), p. 13, ISBN 1770460527; ISBN 978-1770460522: "By the time I graduated from high school I knew about bitter and sweet, but thanks to cartoonists like M.K. Brown, Gahan Wilson, and Ed Subitzky I also knew about weird and rare and hilarious ways of changing one into the other. These three cartoonists taught me to watch the people around me and listen to how they talk and to write down what they say. But I learned the most by copying their drawings, and these three were especially good teachers."
  4. ^ Brown, Rita Mae (November 1977). "Make Way for Mary K. Brown". Mother Jones Magazine. p. 49. Retrieved 2019-12-19.
  5. ^ "Review of STRANGER than LIFE by M.K. Brown". Readaholic Zone. 2017-03-17. M.K. Brown grew up in Darien, Connecticut and New Brunswick, Canada.
  6. ^ Rosenkranz, Patrick (2002). Rebel Visions: The Underground Comix Revolution 1963-1975. Seattle, WA: Fantagraphics Books. p. 39. ISBN 9781560974642.
  7. ^ https://www.nashvillecountrydancers.org/s/playford-2020-brochure.pdf
  8. ^ https://nbcds.org/about-us/history/
  9. ^ a b "Lib at Large: Fairfax cartoonist M.K. Brown celebrated in 'Stranger than Life' book and show". Marin Independent Journal. 2015-01-04. Retrieved 2019-12-19.
  10. ^ https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/marinij/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=140894811
  11. ^ a b Adams, Erik (2017). "Fox introduced the Bundys and "babyfaced" Johnny Depp 30 years ago today". AVClub News. Retrieved 2019-12-19.
  12. ^ Dr. N!Godatu show info and episode transcripts Archived 2009-01-07 at the Wayback Machine, M.K. Brown site
  13. ^ Gates of Heck Archived 2008-05-11 at the Wayback Machine, Official web site
  14. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 99. ISBN 9781538103746.