I’ve been a professional cartoonist for a little over 50 years. My earliest memory of “cartooning” was when I got in trouble with a Grade 1 teacher, for “illuminating” the alphabet instead of just doing block letters. I have continued my scribbling ever since.
I got started in “real” cartooning by copying drawings from the Pogo comic strip while I was supposed to be studying History, in Grade 6.
Luckily, my parents and some teachers encouraged me, and I continued drawing and took extra art classes.
In High School, I started airbrushing cartoons on shirts and handkerchiefs and small posters. I actually sold a few.
My big interest at the time was cars… hot rods.
While still in high school, I became a professional cartoonist, with a sale to HOT ROD Magazine in 1960. I went on to draw and write regularly for CARtoons, HOT ROD Cartoons, and SURFtoons for 25 years.
The comic books eventually shut down, and I went on to other kinds of cartooning, including magazine and newspaper cartoons, book illustrations, animation, and storyboarding (a lot like cartooning!). But I’ve always kept a love for things with wheels.
Over the years, there’s always seemed to be a strong interest in those comic books.
The internet made it easy for readers to find me (and other CARtoonists).
And the internet is making it possible for me to create this blog, where I can talk about the comic books, the people, the cars, and the times. I also expect to chat with you about cartoons and cartooning — and post some of my old stuff along with new cartoons.