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 at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, while studying Biology, I worked part-time at the Daily Illini newspaper as a cartoonist, columnist and editor.

 

After graduation, I worked for a large corporation near Chicago, creating artwork and humor for sleep-inducing presentations for Boeing, GM and Northrop Grumman. In my spare time, I created political cartoons for a group of newspapers in the Midwest.

 

After two years of nodding off in my cubicle, I quit my corporate job and moved to Colorado, to be a ski bum and to create a comic strip. My parents were thrilled. The former needs no explanantion, and the latter is a pursuit with notoriously low odds of success. The top syndicates, King Features, United & Tribune Media, each received over 6,000 comic submission per year, and usually chose one. Along with roughly 5,998 others, I failed to beat those odds for several years.

 

I became only slightly more respectable when King Features offered me a contract, and three months later, much more so when I met my wife. (A good year.) Soon after, I received a contract offer from Tribune Media for a second comic strip. I joyfully wrote and drew comic strips for several years. Then newspapers began to languish - over 2,000 closed in a decade, and comics pages were cut drastically in those that remained, particularly affecting the new guys. I continued, but with a family, took a part-time job managing a B&B.

 

I also began taking on corporate commissions and illustrating books. That grew beyond my expectations, so I withdrew from newspapers.

 

Shift to today: I get to write and draw humor, often with the help of an assistant. (On rare occasions, I enjoy sleeping.) It's more fun than I could have imagined.


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

 

I've also had the good fortune to illustrate over 50 books, including a few bestsellers, for publishers like Penguin/Random House, MacMillan, Pearson, Harvard Business Review Press,Prentice Hall, McGraw-Hill,  and Wiley. I enjoy working with editors and authors, (whether they have signed with a publisher or if they are pursuing self-publishing.)

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

My Process of working with clients:

 

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

 

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

 

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 booked 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 Monthly,  AT Internet France, Ball Horticultural, Bayer Pharmaceutical, BBB, (national office), Blackrock Funds, Boeing Aviation, Boars Head Meats, Burpee Seeds, CapGemini Corp - Paris, Coca Cola. Cold Stone Creamery, Cisco Systems, Dartmouth University, Eckrich Meats, Fidelity Investments, Forbes Magazine, 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, NBC News, 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, University of Colorado, University of Delaware, University of Southern California, University of Toronto, Wiley & Sons Books.

 

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Feel free to take a peek at my cartoon art blog, "A Sketchy History"

 

 

 

 

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