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 to execs at places like Boeing Aviation, GM and Northrop Grumman. In my spare time, I sold political cartoons to a group of 28 newspapers.
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. The latter is a pursuit with notoriously low odds of success. The top syndicates, King Features, United & Tribune Media, each received over 6,000 submission a year, and chose only one or two. I failed at this for several years.
Finally, becoming only slightly more respectable, King Features offered me a contract, and three months later, I met my wife. (A good year.) Later, I received a second contract offer from Tribune Media. I busily wrote and drew comic strips for several years. But newspapers began to languish - over 2,000 closed in a decade, and comics pages were cut drastically in those that remained. Most comic strips lost significant income. I continued for a while, and with a wife and child, 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 newspaper comics (and from making quiche professionally).
Shift to today: I get to write and draw humor full time. (On rare occasions, I enjoy sleeping.) It's all more fun than I could have imagined.
My clients range from start ups to Fortune 100 companies, including Bayer, Cisco, Fidelity, Google, Intel Corporation, McDonalds, Ralph Lauren and Time Warner.
I've had the good fortune to illustrate (and write humor for) 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 closely with editors as well as 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 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 of working with clients:
I have an agent who helps to procure some of my clients, 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.
Most 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.
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 Corporation 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.
Feel free to visit my blog to see what I've been up to lately blog.hillcartoons.com/