Kindergarten I discovered a talent for drawing.
I wrote and illustrated a charming little story called “The Little
Engine That Could”. Unknowingly I also
discovered a talent for plagiarism. A few years later my childhood friend Luke
Oosterhouse and I developed a character with a penchant for building. In Junior High
I developed a character named ‘Bionic Moses’.
This was during the height of popularity of a certain TV show with
similar characteristics. Unfortunately the
story line revolved around Moses (bionic, remember?) doing all the miracles
instead of God. My mom said it was
I had done other illustrations and cartoons during my High School career
and then soon after H.S. I moved to L.A. with a friend. I was always drawing during these times but
never developing anything. Two years
later I moved back to Michigan and enrolled in Kendall School of Art and Design. I lasted one semester before I met my lovely
wife Marcelle who is an LPN. We were
engaged in 6 weeks and married in six months.
Evidently not recommended by the experts but it worked for us because
we’ve been happily married since 1986.
Our son Tyler joined us in 1990 and our daughter Celeste in 1992. They are both extremely talented in their own
right. Tyler is an accomplished artist
going way beyond anything I’ve ever done.
I call his work ‘Heroic Fantasy’.
He also loves acting. Celeste is
an accomplished pianist and Trumpetest.
She also has an extremely developed design sense.
It wasn’t until 1990 that I actually made my first professional cartoon
sale. The Christian Reformed Church has
a denominational magazine called “The Banner”.
They ran a cartooning contest that my father-in-law urged me to
enter. I entered five cartoons and they
bought them all. Since then I’ve
expanded into other magazines and illustrated three books. And of course there’s ‘Toonfever’ which my
friend Ted Kuik designed and administered
until 2007 when I took over the reins.
The bulk of the cartoons on ‘Toonfever’ are rejects from various
publication sources. Probably makes you
wonder what WAS selected, eh?
As for personal interests I’m a bibliophile and an Anglophile. I love to read and collect books. Some favorite authors are: Raymond Chandler,
P.G. Wodehouse, Gerald Durrell, Tim Dorsey, J.R.R. Tolkein, Terry Pratchett and
Alastair Reynolds. I also have over a thousand cartoon and comic books or
graphic novels if you prefer. From
Charles Addams to the New Yorker, from Marvel Comics to Dark Horse.
I also love Electronic music and this is mainly what I listen to when
drawing. Artists include: Redshift,
Rogue Element, Arc, Tangerine Dream, Jean Michel Jarre, Create, Syndromeda,
Keller and Schonwalder and a whole lot more.
Unfortunately there isn’t much of an Electronic music scene in the
States so almost all the artists I enjoy are from the continent. And most of those are from the U.K. I also enjoy some Industrial, specifically
Front Line Assembly.
the daylight hours I work at Sunset Manor in the maintenance department
so you can see that I work with my hands in whatever I do. Some brain required! I hope this gives you some insight into the
man who draws these cartoons.