Thanks for the compliments, guys!
But as I understood it, you gave up drawing as a profession and do it only as a hobby now?
Yes, for about 20 years I was a freelance pro.
Locally, I did mostly odd art jobs, a few logos, funny pets t-shirt designs, occassional illustrations, etc.
Nationally, I did gag-cartooning, occassionally getting into such diverse publications as The Saturday Evening Post
, Highlights for Children
, Cats Magazine
, The National Examiner
, The APA (American Psychological Association) Monitor
, Going Bonkers?
, among many others, as well as King Features Syndicate's "Laff-A-Day" comic strip.
I did some genre toons for Starlog
, Comics Scene
, Outer Darkness
, and Dragon Magazine
. I colorized a couple of Dragon Mag rejects and submitted them to our own Unlimited Adventures Newsletter (issues 22 & 25).
Although I was able to sell occassional toons, I was never able to really "make a living" with my artwork. When many of my regular markets started drying up, I tried to sell a comic strip to the syndicates, as well as sending (more realistic) pencil examples to DC and Marvel comics. No luck, although I did get a phone critique from Marvel's big ed.
I got farther with a fledgling comicbook company called Twilight Comics, and actually pencilled several issues of a superhero comic for them. Unfortunately, their product never advanced beyond a few ashcans before the company folded. I posted the ashcan cover in the General Discussion board some while back under the thread IRION remembered
). After they went bust, which was a bit over a decade ago, I decided to hang up my art tools for greener pastures.
Maybe someday I'll post some examples of my interior pencil work, or maybe my failed tryouts for DC or Marvel (if I can stand to embarass myself that much).