Shahid Mahmood grew up in Pakistan. He was the editorial cartoonist for the national newspaper in Pakistan, Dawn. His work has appeared in numerous international publications including The Guardian UK, Huffington Post and Courrier International. Shahid's work was viewed by world leaders at the 1997 APEC Conference, enjoyed by John F. Kennedy Jr. and managed to continuously enrage Benazir Bhutto. Shahid is internationally syndicated with The New York Times Press Syndicate, has work archived at the Museum of Contemporary History in Paris and has been "Designated High-Profile" on the US government's no-fly list.