Day is probably best known in Mississippi for his
long and successful dance
However, he was originally a popular sports cartoonist,
graphic designer and newspaper advertising artist.
Mike attended Hinds Junior College
in Raymond, MS where he entered
the Commercial Design and Advertising
program. Along with his studies,
he was Public Relations Chairman
for the student government and served
as the advertising artist and cartoonist
for the college's newspaper. In
his first year with "The Hindsonian,"
he received the first place awards
for both advertising design and
cartooning from the Mississippi
Junior College Press Association.
He also was recognized as the first
place Junior College cartoonist
in the nation from the Columbia
Scholastic Press Association in
After college and a short
stint as an advertising
artist for “The
and "The Jackson
he accepted the position
as the main staff artist
for the Advertising Services
department of the “Hattiesburg
Along with advertising and
logo design, feature story
illustrations and editorial
cartooning, he created "SportsArt"
featuring cartoons for the
other universities across
the evenings, he was
known as one of Mississippi's
best disco dancers
winning numerous dance
contests in dance
clubs throughout Mississippi,
Louisiana and Alabama.
Several of those night
clubs hired him to
create their logos,
graphics for specialty
print media advertising
and even some interior
returned to Jackson to become
the art director for Miss-Lou
Specialty Advertising, Inc.
and then worked with Advertising
Mississippi's largest screen
printing company, creating
logos, vinyl designs and
various other artwork including
all of A.V.I.'s custom T-shirt
and ball cap artwork.
He continued his work as
a freelance cartoonist for
the Hattiesburg American
during the football season
with his sports cartoons.
Cartoons for the Hattiesburg American.
1982, he began his training as
a professional Ballroom
dance instructor and competitor.
His graphic art and cartooning
career was sidelined by a very
successful career as a dance instructor,
competitor, choreographer, performer
and competition organizer.
thirty years later, encouraged
by his wife, Lisa, he answered
an advertisement for the position
of editorial cartoonist for the
Free Press". It
was a challenge having not drawn
professionally for three decades,
but he finally returned to his
original artistic roots.
two years with the Free Press,
Mike moved on to pursue painting,
graphic design and custom screen
He and his wife Lisa also operate
Dance Connection Ballroom Dance
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