About Us (About the cartoonist, anyway)

I'm a Boulder Colorado-based cartoonist and illustrator, and began 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 at the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign, I worked part time at the student newspaper as a cartoonist, columnist and editor.

 

After college, I was an artist for a large multi-national company near Chicago, creating humor and art for sleep-inducing presentations to execs at Boeing Aviation, Gemeral Motors and Northrop Grumman. In my spare time I drew political cartoons for a group of newspapers in the Midwest.

 

Next was a move to Colorado, developing comic strips for syndication. A low-odds pursuit, where one in 6,000 submissions is chosen for a contract. Submitting material, getting rejected, repeating...and finally succeeeding.) I worked under contract with King Features and Tribune Media for an exciting five years, writing & drawing comics. It wasn't all grins, as that happened just as hundreds of newspapers began to go under. That meant comics pages were drastically cut in size, and few were buying new features.

 

With a growing family, I began illustrating books, and took on corporate commissions. Fortunately, both grew steadily. I pulled out of syndication, (and drawing political cartoons for newspapers) as their budgets and ranks contunued to shrink.

 

Shift to today: I get to draw and write full-time (and usually beyond) in my studio, often with the help of an assistant, and have more fun than I ever could have imagined.

 

My clients range from small businesses and start ups to Fortune 100 firms like Bayer, Cisco Systems, Fidelity Investments, Google, Intel, McDonalds, Ralph Lauren and Time Warner. I have had the good fortune to illustrate over 40 books, including some bestsellers, published by MacMillan, Pearson,  Penguin, Prentice Hall, Random House and Wiley.

 

At times, I'm still mildly tempted to eat/suck on my 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:

 

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


After being hired, I will create sketches and/or written concepts, and will email them to you for your approval. I'll make any needed revisions - until it looks good to you. I'll then proceed with finished artwork, giving you high resolution digital files, in any format that you prefer.

 

98% 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.

 

Feel free to visit my blog, The Dancing Moose to see what I've been up to lately.


 

Partial Client List (Alphabetized):
 

Akamai, American Red Cross, Arista Records, The Atlantic Magazine, Bayer Pharmaceutical, BBB, (national office), Blackrock Funds, Boeing Aviation, Boarshead Meats, CapGemini., Cold Stone Creamery, Cisco Systems, Dartmouth University, Fidelity Investments, General Motors, Google, Granite Corporation, Hearst Corp., The Home Depot, Hubspot, Intel Corporation, Kroger, McDonald's, Macmillan Publishing, Merck Pharmaceutical, Merk Funds, Northwestern Mutual, Penguin Books, Pepsi, Prentice Hall/Pearson Press, Ralph Lauren, Inc., Random House Books, Roche Pharmaceutical, Smithfield, Spyder Ski Sportswear, Stanford Business School,  SteelCase Inc., Steuben Foods, SunTrust Financial, Taco Bell, Time Warner, Towers Watson, Tribune Media, University of Delaware, University of Southern California, Wiley Business Books.

 

 

 

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