About Us (About the cartoonist, anyway)

I'm a Boulder Colorado-based humorist, cartoonist and illustrator. I began writing and drawing when I was old enough to hold a crayon without also eating it. This early self-imposed dietary restriction led to work for some school newspapers, (the pre-school newspaper was the back of a spare Pampers.)

15 years later, while attending the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign, I worked at the student newspaper as a columnist, cartoonist, and editor.

 

After graduation, I worked for a large corporation near Chicago, creating artwork for sleep-inducing, manufacturing engineering presentations to execs at places like Boeing Aviation, GM and Northrop Grumman. In my spare time, I drew political cartoons for a group of newspapers in the Midwest.

 

I quit my corporate job and moved to Colorado, to be a part-time ski bum. Later, becoming only slightly more respectable,  I worked under contract for King Features Syndicate and Tribune Media for several years, writing and drawing some now obscure comic strips.

 

As newspapers started to languish, I began taking on corporate advertising commissions, illustrating books, as well as writing humor for advertising and  presentations. That grew beyond my expectations.

 

Shift to today: I get to write and draw hunor for a living...and it's more fun than I could have imagined.


My clients range from start ups to Fortune 100 companies, including Bayer, Cisco Systems, Coca Cola, Fidelity, Google, Intel, McDonalds, Ralph Lauren and Time Warner.

 

I've been fortunate enough to illustrate over 50 books, including a few bestsellers, and have contributed humor and illustration to books that have been published by Penguin Books/Random House, MacMillan, Pearson, Harvard Business Review Press,Prentice Hall, McGraw-Hill,  and Wiley. I enjoy working directly with authors, whether they have a publisher or if they are pursuing self-publishing. 

 

At times, I'm still mildly tempted to eat/suck on my writing/drawing utensils...but I use a digital drawing screen now, so there is a 120 volt "incentive" not to do so. (Technology has come a long way.)

 

My Process:

 

I have an agent who helps to procure some of my client projects, but if you found me here, feel free to contact me directly.

 

Call or email me to let me know what you have in mind. I'll give you an estimate of time and cost.


Once hired, I usually begin by creating sketches and/or written concepts, and will email them to you for your approval. I'll make any needed revisions - until everything looks and sounds good to you. I'll then provide you with digital files, in any format that you prefer.

 

95% of my clients are outside of my home state of Colorado...so I can create something for you, no matter where you are. I'm often scheduled a week or two ahead, but I'm happy to discuss your ideas now

 

 

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Partial Client List (alphabetical):
 

Akamai, American Red Cross, Arista Records, The Atlantic Magazine, Ball Horticultural, Bayer Pharmaceutical, BBB, (national office), Blackrock Funds, Boeing Aviation, Boars Head Meats, Burpee Seeds, CapGemini Corp., Coca Cola. Cold Stone Creamery, Cisco Systems, Dartmouth University, Eckrich, Fidelity Investments, General Motors, Google, Granite Corp., Harvard Business Review Press, Hearst Corporation, Home Depot, Hubspot, Intel Corporation, Kroger, McDonald's, Macmillan Books, McGraw-Hill Books, Merck Pharmaceutical, Merk Investments, Northwestern Mutual, Pelican Books, Penguin Books, Pepsi, Prentice Hall/Pearson Press, Ralph Lauren, Inc., Random House Books, Roche Pharmaceutical, Smithfield, Spyder Ski Sportswear, Stanford Business School,  Steel Case Inc., Steuben Foods, SunTrust Financial, Taco Bell, Time Warner, Towers Watson, Tribune Media, Univ of Colorado, Univ of Delaware, Univ of Southern California, Wiley & Sons Books.

 

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Feel free to visit my blog to see what I've been up to lately - blog.hillcartoons.com/

 

 

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