Some things never change.
As a young lad, I hunkered over a bowl of Cap’n Crunch Berries every week and devoured a fresh batch of Saturday morning cartoons. I still remember committing the fleeting TV images to memory and creating my own stories around those vivid animated characters. Even at that early age, I just knew I wanted to create words and pictures.
Thousands of notebook-margin doodles later, I created my own comic strip, “Joe College,” which ran in The Fairfield University Mirror and New Haven County’s Hip Magazine. Following that, I created my first indie comic, “Stiletto,” which I sold as ashcans in local comic shops.
My first job out of college welcomed me into the wild world of marketing, where I worked my way up from Junior Art Director to Creative Director through various agencies. I had the good fortune to work on many exciting brands with some uber-talented people, but I missed the creative freedom of my youth.
After that realization, I stepped into the freelance arena, which had the unintended consequence of bringing my writing skills to bear. As one guy working on several tight-timeline projects, I began supplying my own copy to go with the visuals. This practice expanded my writing capabilities as I tackled a variety of new and interesting projects.
As an independent freelancer, I’ve also had the opportunity to develop my illustration style. And with that, I created my own creative property, “The Hero Business,” a comic that combines my marketing know-how with my love of super-heroes.
Design. Illustration. Writing. I really enjoy all of them. And I still enjoy watching cartoons on a lazy Saturday morning while scarfing down a bowl of Cap’n Crunch Berries. Yeah, some things never change.