Custom Cartoons, BizComics, and Illustration
A picture is worth a thousand words, right? So, just imagine how effectively a picture can convey your message even your marketing message if it’s accompanied by a just a few words. And then imagine how much more engaging and memorable your message could be if it were humorous or entertaining.
Here are some recent examples of custom cartoons created for clients.
Above: Cartoon commissioned by 21st Century Fox. Read the post on their website HERE.
Above: Created for 21st Century Fox for corporate use.
Above: Created for 21st Century Fox for Super Bowl LI. Read the post on their website HERE.
Above: The monthly Thought Leadership series created for OCG. Read the series HERE.
Above: Created for Costco Corporate for use on their social media pages. See it on their Facebook page HERE.
Above: 21st Century Fox commission for the 2017 Fox Upfronts.
Above: Wine poster for the labels I create for the brand, Cellar Another. Visit the website HERE.
Above: Custom cartoon created for ICC. Read it on their website HERE.
Above: Cartoon created for ICC. See the cartoon on their website HERE.
Custom cartoon created for the company, Breck’s, for their envelope mailers. Personalized to the recipiant and includes their name. CAPTION: “I told you that the tulips in the (customer’s name) yard are massive. We’re going to need a bigger hive.”
Above: Custom cartoon created for ICC. See it on their website HERE.
Custom cartoon for the Breck’s company that was featured on their envelope mailers. The captions are personalized to include the recipients name. CAPTION: “Honey, you gotta see this — the (customer’s name) irises are blooming AGAIN!”
As you can see, yours doesn’t need to be a strip. It could be just one panel, a strip or even something bigger.
If you have an idea for a cartoon, whether it’s for building your business or just having fun, please feel free to get in touch with me. I’ll be happy to hear from you. And I look forward to creating something with you.
And in case your business needs a little more support — brand management, marketing, and promotion — I’ve collaborated with O’Brien Communications Group to create BizComics. It reflects our convictions that marketing is effective storytelling, that your marketing stories can also engage and entertain by including comics, and that comics can be another way in which you differentiate yourself from your competition.
Click here to find out more about BizComics
You Asked For It
After selling my first cartoon in fifth grade, and throughout middle and high school, I drew all day instead of paying attention in class. My edgy humor was infamous. In fact, at one point, I was invited by my high-school principal to stop drawing cartoons that poked fun at my classmates or I wouldn’t graduate. I accepted.
After high school, I went to Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. I took the job of graphic artist/cartoonist for the school newspaper, The Guardian, and created weekly political and gag cartoons. That gig landed me an internship at MAD Magazine in New York City, during which I wrote for the magazine and cleaned their storage room. At the end of the internship, with the storage room all spiffy, I returned to Ohio, continued to work with MAD on three different series, and drew for numerous other publications.
Above: Hanging By A Thread published in MAD Magazine Issue #520
Above: Twisted Toaster Tales published in MAD Magazine Issue #503
Above: My Wife the Turtle published in MAD Magazine #507
My original series, Break of Day, is syndicated by GoComics, appearing daily in newspapers and online. I teamed with the comedian, Tommy Blaze, to create Knocking on Heaven’s Door. The series was featured on The Bob and Tom Show. It’s been collected in a hard-cover book. And it’s currently under contract with Levity Entertainment in Los Angeles to be made into an animated series.
Above: A cartoon from my syndicated series, Break of Day. Published daily in newspapers and at GoComics HERE.
Above: The cover to Knocking on Heaven’s Door that was published in 2013 and is available HERE.
I work with corporate clients to create custom cartoons for their businesses. For instance, I work with 21st Century Fox creating cartoons for various industry topics. I also draw Thought Leadership for O’Brien Communications Group, with whom I worked to develop this site. My cartoons are also featured on greeting cards on shelves everywhere from companies such as NobleWorks and Smart Alex Inc. And with social media, I’ve been posted from other organizations such as the Tampa Bay Rays, #grammerly, and more.
In December of 2016, I was honored to become a member in The National Cartoonists Society.
Also, my new book Laser Pointers, hairballs, and other cat stuff is available! CLICK HERE
And beyond cartooning, I’m happily married to my wife, Kelsey. And we have a daughter, Ella, who is already helping me at the drawing board.
If you’d like to get in trouble with me, please contact me on the form below or at email@example.com. Who knows what we’ll come up with?
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“He meets the highest standard in my book: he is a valued member of MAD’s “Usual Gang of Idiots”. True, he’s a terrific cartoonist – full of funny ideas and funny pictures – which is what got him into MAD in the first place.”
Sam Viviano, Art Director, MAD Magazine
” Your book is great!”
Jim Davis, creator of Garfield, about Nate’s book, Laser Pointers, Hairballs and Other Cat Stuff
“We first started working with Nate when we created Thought Leadership in May of 2013. He’s illustrated every monthly strip since then. He somehow manages to bring an unexpected and always appropriate visual element to everything he does. And his singular sense of humor is as much a part of his style as his illustrations. We look forward to a very long ride together.”
Mark O’Brien, founder and Principal, O’Brien Communications Group
“WOW… you have some serious talent! Love your work.”
Doris Winters, Art Director, Costco Connection Magazine
“Nate is an extremely talented, knowledgeable and easy-going artist. He delivered above all expectations within the budget and timeframe given. We are very please with his performance, and will definitely use his services in the future. 100% recommended.”
Johan A., Project Manager, Hatlehols AS