Topic: Comic Book Artists
This entry in our 'Spotlight On...' blog post series is about ....
Erik Andresen, who I have been in contact with, off and on, for many years during the early years of his comics mail order and of course, mine. We recently became Facebook Friends, and I realized that Erik has really been busy all these years! So I asked him to share with my Blog on what he has done in recent years, and what's new with him. Here it is in his own words:
"I drew a popular comic strip for my college newspaper. (The Arizona Daily Wildcat at The University Of Arizona). After graduating in 1989, I created my own comic strip syndicate and distributed my comics to college newspapers. At its height, my comic appeared in over 200 college newspapers, and was the most widely read college-only comic strip in America at the time. A book of my cartoons, “No Exit by Erik Andresen” was published in 1991 by Bean Avenue publishing, and is still available on Amazon.
Even so, I was making more money trading vintage comic books as a hobby. I opened a collectibles store and drawing comics took a back seat to selling comic books.
My store did very well and one day, one of my customers wanted to buy it. By now, I was married and my wife was expecting our first child. So I sold the store and became a stay-at-home dad.
While raising my son, I also sold collectibles on eBay. I became a Power Seller and met many great entrepreneurs through the eBay discussion boards.
One of them is Bruce Hershenson, owner of a website called eMoviePoster.com. He knew I used to be a cartoonist, and asked me to draw cartoon ads for him. Each ad features Bruce as a different character, based on a classic movie genre. In one ad, he’s a jungle man, like Tarzan. In another, he’s a hard-boiled detective, like Sam Spade. The ads appear in Movie Collector’s World magazine, and also on his website.
Other people saw the ads and wanted me to draw cartoons for them. One of them is the wife of a vintage watch dealer. She couldn’t buy him a watch. He already owns thousands of them. She had me turn him into a superhero called “The Watchdude”, who fights crime after being bitten by a radioactive watch dog.
At his birthday party, the comic strip was turned into a giant poster, and attendees wore t-shirts with the comic strip on it. The watch dealer says it was one of the best birthday gifts he ever received.
Another one of my clients operates job expos in foreign countries, for professionals seeking work in America. This client believes that people throw away junk mail, but they’ll read a comic strip. The next expo is in Australia, so I drew a cartoon where a koala is talking to an employer, telling him about the expo. The comic was turned into a postcard and mailed to human resource directors all over the United States.
I think the internet has opened up some tremendous opportunities for cartoonists to apply their craft. There are thousands, maybe even millions, of small and micro business owners who are proud of their accomplishments and would love to have their story told in fun-to-read comic strip format. You can publish anything, anywhere for any audience.
The internet is also a tremendous place to learn. Facebook is such a vibrant, exciting community. I’ve been lucky to be able to interact with so many gifted and knowledgeable people from so many different walks of life. Some of my “Facebook Friends” are accomplished artists, writers, publishers and entrepreneurs who share their craft and offer valuable feedback.
YouTube is an incredible educational resource. You can find videos which teach you how to do almost anything. When I started drawing these cartoon ads, I needed to color them in Photoshop, and I had no idea how to do that. After a YouTube search, I found dozens of videos from professional comic book colorists which helped me get up to speed.
I turned a couple of my cartoons into YouTube videos, and I think that internet videos might be a great way to branch out.
The reboot of my cartooning career is still in its infancy. I’m grateful to those who have allowed me to learn from them, to those who have offered encouragement, and especially to those who have paid me to draw cartoons for them. THANK YOU!" - Erik Andresen
My thanks to Erik for taking the time to share the above with us today! If You would like to see what Erik is doing now and in the future:
Non-Facebook people can go to the following web site to see Erik's newest stuff:
Facebook people can become a Fan of his Facebook Fan Page:
Also, as I've stated before, a person doesn't have to be a writer or artist to be eligible for being 'Spotlighted' in my Blog. If You are someone that is in comics, (or pop culture), in some manner, or know of someone that has been behind the scenes for a long time and deserves to be 'Spotlighted', feel free to message me or email me about it! The following are just a sampling of those that I have recently 'Spotlighted' in my Blog:
AND... Thanks again to all of YOU reading our current and archived blog posts! We do blog daily on comic book creators, comic book reviews, comic cons, and other pop culture news and events including some TV shows and theatrical films as they are shown!
PLUS... Welcome to ALL of You that were reading the eBay Version of our Blog prior to eBay closing 'their eBay blogs platform'. This is the same blog that has been published at the same time the eBay version was being published. I've been publishing this version since September 2007, so it has the same Fun Stuff You are used to on the eBay version you were reading!
Speaking of eBay... Be sure to check out our new listings of comics, graphic novels, Comic Con exclusives and more pop culture items for sale in our online eBay Featured Store that our blogs are based on! It's due to sales at this online store that keep us going with the ability to post blogs like the one you have read here today!
~ Michael @ ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com