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.


Upon graduation, I worked for a multi-national company near Chicago, creating artwork for sleep-inducing presentations to execs at Boeing Aviation, Gemeral Motors and Northrop Grumman. In my spare time, I was a syndicatied political cartoonist.


Then I quit my corporate job, moved to Colorado, and began creating comic strips for syndication - a low odds pursuit, where 2 or 3 in every 6,000 submissions is offered a contract. It was appropriate that I was in Boulder, as I felt like Sisyphus, pushing one up a mountain. (Fortunately I got to ski down the mountain on days off). Then King Features offered me a contract to syndicate for my first comic strip about a single guy. Later, Tribune Media offered me another, for a second comic strip about a boy and his wacky friends...and I had a blast.


...While it lasted. Newspapers started to languish, hundreds of them closed, and others cut the number of comics they carried. Nearly every comic strip artist lost significant income. So, I also began illustrating books and taking on corporate advertising commissions. Fortunately, that grew beyond my expectations, and after a few years, I pulled out of newspapers entirely.


Shift to today: I'm blessed to draw and write hunor full time, (and often beyond, needing the help of an assistant). It's more fun than I ever could have imagined.


My clients range from start ups to Fortune 100 firms, including Bayer, Cisco Systems, Coca Cola, Fidelity Investments, Google, Intel, McDonalds, Ralph Lauren and Time Warner. I have had the good fortune to illustrate over 60 books, including some bestsellers, published by  MacMillan, Pearson, Penguin, Prentice Hall, Random House, Harvard Business Review Press, 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 or email me 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 everything looks good to you. I'll then provide you with 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 and needs now.












Partial Client List (alphabetical):

Akamai, American Red Cross, Arista Records, The Atlantic Magazine, Ball Horticultural Chicago, Bayer Pharmaceutical, BBB, (national office), Blackrock Funds, Boeing Aviation, Boars Head Meats, Burpee Seeds, CapGemini Corp., Coca Cola. Cold Stone Creamery, Cisco Systems, Dartmouth University, Fidelity Investments, General Motors, Google, Granite Corp., Hearst Corporation, Home Depot, Hubspot, Intel Corporation, Kroger, McDonald's, Macmillan Books, Merck Pharmaceutical, Merk Investments, Northwestern Mutual, Pelican Books, Penguin Books, Pepsicola, 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 Delaware, University of Southern California, Wiley & Sons Books.






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