Every website has an “about” section.  So I guess this will be mine.

About me.  I am not going to list all the colleges I went to or all the art training I have had.  But it was a lot.
I was a commercial/industrial/graphic artist for 10 years straight starting in 1969.  This means I did everything from blueprint reading to line drawing to photo retouching to key lining to creating service manuals.  99.999% of the work was for John Deere, Inc and the rest of our work was for local pump manufactures and various other clients.

Now, if you want to get into this field I would suggest one and only one thing. You have to find a studio or a boss that will teach you this trade.  You will not learn all of this in one college.  And some of this is not taught anywhere.  I was extremely fortunate to find Dick Hoyt and his Pen Art Studio.  The Chicago Academy of Fine Arts was great in teaching art history and a few “cartoon” style courses.  They were (do not know if they are anymore) classes drawn up by Walt Disney, U.B. Iwerks and other notable artist.  But no other colleges taught what you need in the commercial art world.  The world that pays a living.

After years of all those deadlines and sitting at a drawing table day after day, I had to get out.  I went into police/firefighting but continued to draw for local companies and newspapers but it was on my deadlines.

About this website/web comic.  After retiring I found I had a lot of time on my hands.  And since I have just about everything there is to have in the computer-graphic world, and since I have always wanted to be a cartoonist, well, it just seemed like the thing to do.  So on April 1, 2010 (fitting, eh?) I created this webcomic.

That is about it.  I invite you to sit back and enjoy the ride.  I am.

Michael Phelps