Early life and education
Armstrong was born on March 4, 1962, in West Philadelphia
Armstrong's mother, Dorothy was a seamstress. He was the youngest of the five children.
During college, he began submitting his comic Hector
to The Daily Orange
his freshman year and later became art director at the newspaper. Hector
was a cynical, lazy black college kid who is accompanied by Meatball and Julias; a dog with human ears.
When this character didn't work well outside the college boundaries, he worked over the next four year to reshape Hector
into Jump Start
During his early year as a cartoonist, he held a day-job
at Weightman advertising
, Armstrong's comic strip revolves around the trials and tribulations of a middle-class Black family in Philadelphia that is made up of Joseph "Joe" Cobb Sr., a city police officer, and Marcy Cobb, a nurse and their four children.
The family is named after the Cobbs Creek
neighborhood located in West Philadelphia
In 2020, Armstrong stated that he is working on a possible live action comedy television show based on Jump Start
In October 2010, Armstrong's work was featured in The Original Art of the Funny Papers
exhibition at Syracuse university's XL Projects gallery in Armory Square
On May 19, 2012, Armstrong received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris causa
degree from Holy Family University
In 2016, Armstrong published a part self-help book, part memoir titled Fearless: A Cartoonist's Guide to Life
Armstrong has two children and is married to Crystal D. Armstrong, an events planner.
They reside in Burbank
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