Drawing cartoons makes me laugh, sometimes out loud or sometimes just a little giggle, my
wish is that they effect others
similarly. I call my eclectic
collection Whippin Cartoons. Whippin is a nickname I was branded with in junior high
It was not really a "strike fear in the heart of your enemy" type nickname
it was one of the more
demeaning of a long list of non de plumes hurled at me on a sometimes daily
basis. As a stick-thin,
perpetual "kick me"
sign taped to my back, bespectacled flute playing member of the marching band I
was the not so proud
recipient of a record number of unique nicknames.
Drawing and cartooning
started early in life and kicked into high gear coinciding with puberty. Typical of most pre-teen
boys I needed
a source of nudie pictures to feed my burgeoning curiosity. Waltzing into the corner drug store and buying
magazine like Playboy, Esquire, or Gent was out of the question for a number of reasons,
not the least being
my Baptist church organist grandmothers. With pencil and paper I set about to reproduce the
sex kittens of the day,
Bridgett Bardot, Sophia Loren, and my favorite, Bond girl Ursula Andress. My crude renderings more or less served their purpose.
One might say I learned to draw out of necessity.
life I drew my little cartoons on lined paper nestled in company logo clad leather portfolios while sitting restlessly
boring company meetings. This mostly undetected practice enabled me to amuse myself, and on the upside
gain the reputation as a copious note taker. On rare occasion when asked to read my notes aloud, reciting a few
containing the buzz words of the month
Influences like Mad Magazine icons, Dave Berg, Don Martin, and Harvey
Kurtzman, have always been a source of inspiration
and motivation, and Gary Larson's Far Side holds a special place in my
For me the act of creating little cartoon worlds full of characters of my choice has always been a rewarding experience,
and the act of drawing something
on a piece of paper that makes me laugh just seems wonderfully self contained.