I grew up between two small towns, Woodstock, Illinois and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Turns out, they were both home to some rather famous cartoonists: Woodstock (Chester Gould) and Lake Geneva (Joe Martin and Sydney Smith). The more I learned about these cartoonists and their amazing work, as well as meeting the great Bill Sanders (former editorial cartoonist/Milwaukee Journal), the more I wanted to be a cartoonist. I had my first cartoon published in my high school newspaper. I spent the next many years getting editorial cartoons and comic strips published in weekly and college newspapers, but little to show for it. So I decided to push cartooning aside and get serious about college. I studied art & design and received my BA from Columbia College in Chicago which led to a nice career in advertising as an art director. I created ads for a dozen years for a variety of clients until my twin boys arrived in 2007.
Then I became a full-time, stay-at-home dad. During nap time, I discovered New Yorker cartoons and decided I would dust off the drawing table and submit single panel cartoons to magazines part-time. I had a few sales - first with Reader's Digest, then with The New Yorker and, most recently, Playboy. In 2010, I started posting my single panel cartoon, titled Long Story Short, on the GoComics/Sherpa site basically to find my audience. Ten months went by when I came across a cartoon contest for amateurs being held by The Cartoonist Studio. The winner would get the opportunity to work with Creators Syndicate to further develop the strip. So, I entered Long Story Short and, long story short, won the contest. Which means I should probably end the bio here and get to work. Enjoy.
I reside in Greenfield, Wisconsin with my amazing wife Tarrah, our two beautiful boys, Arjin & Jordan and two cats, Oscar & Felix.