About Us                              (About the cartoonist, anyway)

I'm a Boulder Colorado-based  cartoonist and illustrator, and 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 media outlets, (the pre-school newspaper was the back of a spare Pampers.)

Later, at the University of Illinois, while studying Biology, I worked at the student newspaper as a cartoonist, columnist and editor.

 

After graduation, I went to work for the aerospace and engineering division of a 9,000 employee company in Illinois, creating artwork and humor for sleep-inducing presentations to firms like  Boeing, General Motors, and Northrup Grumman. In my spare time, I created political cartoons for a group of 30 newspapers.

 

After two years, I quit my corporate job and moved to Colorado, to ski and to create a comic strip for syndication. The former takes little effort, making it a perfect counter to the latter, which is a pursuit with notoriously low odds of success. (The largest syndicate, King Features in NY, received over 6,000 submissions a year, and chose one or two.) I thoroughly failed to beat those odds for a while.

 

Eventually, 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.) Two years later, I signed a contract with Tribune Media to develop a second comic strip.

 

I wrote, and drew comics for several years - and having them also published in the Boulder and Denver papers allowed my neighbors to think I was more than "that grinning idiot". (I became the guy with the same name as the the cretin on the comics page.) The timing was awful however, as newspapers had begun to languish. Over 2,000 papers closed in the next two years, and in most of those that remained, the number of comics pages were cut in half, (eliminating half of the cartoonists)...particularly affecting the new folks like me.

 

With a new family, I took a part time job managing a B&B, and began illustrating books and doing corporate commissions. The latter pursuits quickly grew beyond my expectations, so I withdrew entirely from newspapers, (which are now sadly on life-support.)

 

Shift to today: I get to draw and write for a living, usually with the help of an assistant. (On some occasions, I also enjoy sleeping.) It's more fun than I could have imagined.


About half of my work comes from corporate clients, ranging from startups to Fortune 100 firms like Bayer, Cisco Systems, Coca Cola, Fidelity, Google, Intel, McDonalds, Ralph Lauren and Time Warner. 

 

The rest of my work is illustrating books. I've had the good fortune to contribute art and humor to books published by Penguin/Random House, MacMillan, Pearson, Harvard Business Review Press, Prentice Hall, McGraw-Hill, and Wiley, including some NY Times bestsellers.

 

I truly enjoy working with authors, whether they have a publisher, or if they are taking their books directly to market.

 

It may sound like I've grown and evolved, but I haven't really. At times, I'm still mildly tempted to chew/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 just funny artwork. Usually, it's the written idea that makes you laugh - and the art that brings it home. So, I like to start with ideas.

 

If you already have ideas for cartoons or illustrations, I can create publishing quality artwork to bring them to life.

 

If you need  help (or are feeling stuck) with concepts or ideas, I can either spray some verbal WD-40 in appropriate areas, or dive in head-first with some humor writing.

 

Next, I'll send first drafts for your approval, and make any needed revisions. When that looks good, I'll create finished artwork.

 

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 have an agent who helps to procure some of my clients, but if you found me here, feel free to contact me directly. I am selective, and choose projects for which I feel I can do excellent work. I'm usually scheduled a week or two ahead, but I'm happy to discuss your ideas and needs now.

 

 

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Partial Client List (alphabetical):
 

Akamai, American Red Cross, Arista Records, Armour, The Atlantic Magazine,  AT Internet-France, Ball Horticultural, Bayer Pharmaceutical, BBB, (national office), Blackrock Funds, Boeing, Boars Head, Breck's Bulbs - Holland, Burpee Seeds Chicago, CapGemini Paris, Coca Cola, Cold Stone Creamery, Cisco Systems, Dartmouth Univ., Eckrich Meats, Fidelity Investments, Forbes Magazine, General Motors, Golin Public Relations, Google, Granite Corp., Harvard Business Review Press, Hearst Corporation, Home Depot, Hubspot, Intel Corp., Kroger Foods, 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 Sportswear, Stanford Business School,  Steel Case Inc., Steuben Foods, SunTrust Financial, Taco Bell, Time Warner, Towers Watson,  Univ. of Colorado, Univ. of Delaware, Univ. of Southern California, Univ. of Toronto, The Wall Street Journal, Wiley & Sons Publishers, ZoomInfo Technologies, Zscaler IT Security.

 

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Feel free to stop by my blog to see what I've been working on lately...

(disclaimer: It may be old...it's my last priority when I am under deadlines) 

 

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