About Us (About the cartoonist, anyway)

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, 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 for sleep-inducing presentations to execs at places like Boeing Aviation, GM and Northrop Grumman. In my spare time, I drew political cartoons for a group of newspapers in the Midwest.

 

I quit my corporate job and moved to Colorado, to be a part-time ski bum and comic strip creator. Later, becoming only slightly more respectable, I received the first of two syndication contracts, and a few months later, met my wife. (A good year.) I worked under contract for King Features Syndicate and Tribune Media for several years, writing and drawing some now obscure comic strips.

 

As newspapers started to languish (with over half of them closing) , I began taking on corporate advertising commissions, illustrating books, as well as writing humor for advertising. That grew beyond my expectations.

 

Shift to today: I get to write and draw humor for a living...and it's more fun than I could have imagined.


My clients range from start ups to Fortune 100 companies, including Bayer, Cisco Systems, Coca Cola, Fidelity Investments, Google, Intel Corporation, McDonalds, Ralph Lauren and Time Warner.

 

 I have illustrated over 50 books, including a few bestsellers, I've also been  fortunate enough to create humor and illustration for books published by Penguin/Random House, MacMillan, Pearson, Harvard Business Review Press,Prentice Hall, McGraw-Hill,  and John Wiley & Sons. I enjoy working with editors...as well as directly with authors, whether they have 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:

 

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 me to let me know what you have in mind. I'll give you an estimate of time and cost and scheduling.

 

95% 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

 

 

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Partial Client List (alphabetical):
 

Akamai, American Red Cross, Arista Records, The Atlantic Magazine, Ball Horticultural, 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, Eckrich, Fidelity Investments, 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, 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, Univ of Colorado, Univ of Delaware, Univ of Southern California, Wiley & Sons Books.

 

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Feel free to visit my blog to see what I've been up to lately  blog.hillcartoons.com/

 

 

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