I was born in 1966 in the small town of La Crosse, Wisconsin on the banks of the mighty Mississippi... actually I was born in a hospital, but you get the idea. I grew up the oldest of three siblings and all I ever wanted to do was draw for a living (or, as my dad would say, to avoid having a "real job"). I went to various colleges in search of a good art program and co-eds who weren't "too particular", and while skipping a particularly pretentious alternative art class I saw a flyer looking for caricaturists to work at a local theme park. I worked my way through college drawing caricatures at Six Flags Great America near Chicago, IL. While working this job I learned an important life lesson: it was possible to get paid to make fun of people. This revelation changed my life. I eventually graduated with a fine arts degree from...
what is now the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul. MN. They changed their name from the School of Associated Arts shortly after I graduated... they claim my departure had nothing to do with the name change, but I have my suspicions as they always cut the new address and phone number of the school off any correspondence they send me.
After college I started doing freelance humorous illustration work for various clients including NOW and Marvel Comics and a variety of smaller magazines and ad agencies, many of my illustrations centered around caricatures of celebrities and politicians. Ask any cartoonist where the ultimate place to do caricature illustration is, and most would answer "MAD Magazine". So, I set my sights on getting into MAD. I failed miserably for ten years at this goal. Eventually MAD's artistic standards deteriorated so much they gave me a shot, and since 2000 I have been a regular contributor to the magazine or as we like to call ourselves, one of the "Usual Gang of Idiots". Of course MAD is only one of my clients. I also do work for a great many other magazines, periodicals, newspapers, corporations and animation houses you have probably never heard of. Only my mom knows them all, and that's because she uses my tear sheets to line her birdcage.
I have been married since 1988 to The Lovely Anna, have four children and work out of a studio in my basement. I am a gadget and comic book geek, Batman fan and amateur bodybuilder partly for the exercise but mostly because cartoonists, Batman fans and comic book geeks get beat up a lot, and large biceps are a good deterrent for that. Plus I have three daughters and enjoy intimidating their potential boyfriends.
You now know everything there is to know about me. Please do not use this knowledge for evil. Thank you.