About the Cartoonist
This whole thing began with my grandfather reading me the comics as a kid. I grew up with Pogo, Dick Tracy, Little Iodine, Buzz Sawyer, L’il Abner and, of course, Peanuts. I was also one of those kids who would wake up at 6:30 on a Saturday morning just to see the latest episode of Underdog, Secret Squirrel, Top Cat, Woody Woodpecker, Quick Draw McGraw, Mighty Mouse, Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles, Spider-Man and always the funniest one of the bunch, Wiley Coyote and the Roadrunner. Those cartoons and large bowls of Cap’n Crunch were my major source of nourishment in those days. They still are. Yes, even the Cap’n Crunch. And coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.
I had asthma as a kid which curtailed my desire to be the next Pete Maravich. So drawing cartoons became an outlet as a shy, quiet kid of the 60’s. Shortly after getting cut from the 7th grade basketball team I went with plan B. I was going to be a cartoonist. My Dad kept praying I would grow out of it.
People always ask me where I learned to draw.I must come clean…I learned everything I know about cartooning in Algebra class. Throughout my youth I was subjected to the single worst college football program in the country. UTEP football was truly awful. It bore no resemblance whatsoever to the sport we recognize as football, but it was always good for a few laughs. So I developed this kind of warped sense of humor about sports, I’m convinced as some sort of survival instinct.
I did a comic strip in college, worked at the El Paso Times, first as a copy boy, then as a staff artist responsible for charts, maps and story illustrations. I managed to sneak in a few cartoons now and again. I joined the Rocky Mountain News in 1982 as the last of a dying breed, the American sports cartoonist. They were a valuable staple of sports sections in the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, but as technology advanced and the space in newspapers shrank, the sports cartoons were the first to go. Legendary names like Willard Mullin, Karl Hubenthal, Bob Bowie, Bill Gallo and my favorite, Dirk West, slowly became an endangered species.
I enjoyed 26 years drawing for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver until it closed in 2009. I published a few cartoon anthologies and was fortunate enough to win an award or two including one from the National Cartoonists Society.
These days I’m continuing to draw here on my own website Monday,Wednesday and Friday. I’m nationally syndicated by Universal Uclick and I draw weekly as well for the Chicago Tribune. My other clients include KUSA 9News, the Boulder Daily Camera, The Colorado Rockies magazine and Mile High Sports magazine. I’m also the proud staff cartoonist for the Guadalupe County Communicator in Santa Rosa, New Mexico. I’m branching out into the world of Animation, Character Design, Children’s Book Illustration and Designing Licensing content like t-shirts, calendars, greeting cards, and collectible prints. I also have a Web Comic on the horizon.
In my spare time, which isn’t much nowadays, I plunk around on the guitar, read a lot; mostly history and non-fiction and love watching some of my favorite classic TV shows of the past like the Man from U.N.C.L.E., the Lone Ranger, Joss Whedon’s masterpiece, FireFly, The West Wing, old Marx Brothers movies and Gerry Anderson’s Thunderbirds . And cartoons. Lots of cartoons.
I currently reside in Colorado with Finnegan, the most astonishing miniature schnauzer on the planet.
My readers have always meant the world to me. I’m so glad that you continue to follow my cartoons on this new venue.