Bill Amend was born in New England and moved to the San Francisco Bay area when he was twelve. He is a former Eagle Scout, tuba player, math club president, and contributor to the student newspaper with twice-weekly editorial cartoons. He graduated from Massachusetts Amherst College with a degree in physics. After working for a brief time in the animation/film industry, Amend created the comic strip FoxTrot, which was syndicated in 1998. Named Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year by the National Cartoonists Society in 2007, Amend creates FoxTrot cartoons for Sunday newspapers and maintains an online presence at foxtrot.com. He lives in the Midwestern U.S. with his wife and two children.