Michael de Adder was born in Moncton, New Brunswick. He studied art at Mount Allison University, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing and painting. After freelancing for a few years, he landed his first full-time cartooning job at the Halifax Daily News. After the Daily News folded in 2008, de Adder became the full-time cartooonist at New Brunswick News. He now freelances for the Halifax Chronicle Herald, the Toronto Star, and the Ottawa Hill Times. His work is syndicated throughout North America by Artizans.com. de Adder reaches millions of readers per week, making him one of the most read cartoonists in Canada.