About Us (About the cartoonist, anyway)

I'm a Boulder Colorado-based  cartoonist, illustrator and humorist. 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.)

Later, at the University of Illinois, 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 execs at firms like Boeing, GM and Northrop Grumman.

In my spare time, I created political cartoons for three dozen 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. The former takes little effort, making it a perfect counter to the latter, which is a pursuit with notoriously low odds of success. The top syndicate, King Features, receives over 6,000 submissions per year, and usually chooses one or two. Along with around 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 a few months later, much more so when I met my future wife. (A good year.) Soon after, I received a contract from Tribune Media for a second comic strip.

 

I wrote and drew comics for several years, but newspapers began to languish - over 2,000 closed in five years, and comics pages were cut drastically in those that remained, particularly affecting the new guys.

 

I began taking on corporate commissions and illustrating books. Both grew beyond my expectations, so I withdrew from newspapers (which are now on life-support.)

 

Shift to today: I get to write and draw funny things, 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 familiar names like Bayer, Cisco Systems, Coca Cola, Fidelity, Google, Intel, McDonalds, Ralph Lauren and Time Warner.

 

I've been fortunate enough to illustrate a good number of books, including some bestsellers, for publishers including Penguin/Random House, MacMillan, Pearson, Harvard Business Review Press, Prentice Hall, McGraw-Hill,  and Wiley. I enjoy working with editors and authors, whether they are with a publisher, or if they are going directly to market.

 

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

 

The best cartoons are more than artwork. They depend upon funny ideas and writing.

If you already have good ideas for cartoons that you would like illustrated, I can create publishing quality artwork to bring them to life.

 

If you need  help (or just a nudge) with concepts or humor writing, I can assist with it. I am a published humor writer, and many of my clients hire me to create humor and concepts for their marketing, advertising, and publishing.

 

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

 

Most 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 happy to do email/phone/FaceTime/Zoom/Teams/smoke signals.

 

I'm often scheduled a week or two ahead, but I'm happy to duscuss things with you now.

 

 

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Partial Client List (alphabetical):
 

Akamai, American Red Cross, Arista Records, Armour, The Atlantic Monthly,  AT Internet France, Ball Horticultural, Bayer Pharmaceutical, BBB, (national office), Blackrock Funds, Boeing, Boars Head, Breck's Bulbs - Holland, 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, Univ. of Delaware, Univ. of Southern California, Univ. 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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