Paul Gilligan is the creator of the comic strip Pooch Cafe. He lives in Toronto, Canada, and attended Sheridan College. He worked as a florist, gas station attendant, and night watchman before getting a job at an advertising agency. He then became an on-staff illustrator in the Ottawa Citizen Newspaper. Pooch Cafe was first syndicated by Copley's, and was picked up by Universal Press Syndicate in 2001.