Tag Archives: BizComics

Clowning Around

18 Sep

It’s no laughing matter.  Sometimes, I have to draw a clown.  (Okay, I guess it’s laughable.)  But, since I clown around on the job all day anyway, I guess it’s suitable.

A major part of my cartooning is with the company I co-founded, BizComics.  I’m not sure how much you keep tabs on what I do, but if you’re not aware, over at BizComics we feature a blog and a cartoon every week.  The topics include obvious stuff like business.  But we feature a lot of sales, marketing, office, advertising, tech and other comics.  On top of that, we have a quarterly graphic novel that comes out, Max Impact.  Impact is about a marketing detective with new cases each issue.

The newest blog/cartoon for BizComics features a clown.  And pie (not the tasty kind).

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What Gives?

13 Jun

Q:  Hey, Nate.  I thought you mentioned awhile back you were going to be blogging more?  What the…what happened?  They’re not posted on here often.  What gives?

A:  I don’t know.

Q:  Did someone really ask that question?

A:  No.  I actually made that question up as an intro to a blog post.

I’ve been busy.  Period.

Yeah, yeah, yeah…that’s always my excuse.  But honestly, it’s been jammed-packed around here with Ella (my seven-month old), new clients and the relaunch of BizComics.  Add in the normal cartoons and, well, you have yourself a busy sandwich.

So, it is what it is.  But who reads blogs these days anyhow?

Listen, how about this:  I’ll fill you in to what all I’ve been doing that’s been keeping me busy.  Cool?

I mentioned the above.  And I’ll keep this to professional stuff.  If you’re a parent (or even if not) you know about having a young one at home.  Ella has been fantastic – enough said.  I won’t get into details.  But no, really – extraordinary being a parent it is.  I’ll talk about that some other time (and I actually already have if you scroll some of these here archives).

Let’s keep this post about cartooning.

Some really great new clients have come seeking cartoons – and I’m here to provide the best ones possible.

BizComics was just relaunched and let me just say that I’m 100% thrilled with the direction it’s going.

We launched a year ago to really no fanfare.  Why?  It just wasn’t great at that time.  Yes, we had a page explaining what we do and this and that and blah, blah, blah.  But, it wasn’t very interesting (kind of like many of my blog posts).

Now though, with a weekly cartoon/blog and quarterly graphic novel, Max Impact, we’ve caught the attention of some clients.  And I’m really happy with what is coming with them – and many more – soon.  I am invested fully into everything we’re doing over there and really believe in it.  And our clients?  It’s all about them.  Having them feature cartoons is very rewarding to me.  And I get to help create them.  What’s better than that?  (Well, parenthood is, but still….)

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Above:  One of the newest cartoons from our BizComics series.

My regular work as well has been going good.  I have some housekeeping to do, but Nate Fakes Cartoons website is being updated regularly with new comics to license out and a few more bells and whistles.  Soon I hope to have a portfolio section, but no huge hurry.  It’ll all get pulled together eventually.

And, of course, I continue writing and drawing my daily cartoons that appear in newspapers and online.  They are also sent to my subscribers everyday via my email service.  That’s a lot of cartoons per year (and emails).

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Above:  One of my regular, daily cartoons.

Plus, when you add in pizza night here at the Fakes household, it makes for a busy week (and often times heartburn).

Of course, I would blog everyday, but…

Yeah.

Maybe in a perfect world.  How does one hire a ghost writer?  Don’t they, like, write for other people? I’m not too sure (I never Googled “ghost writer”).  Hey, that might help though.

At any rate, I’m writing now, write?  Er – right?

Q:  Are you going to keep up writing more?

A:  Maybe.

Q:  When is your next blog post going to be?

A:  I don’t know.

Q:  Is this the end of this particular blog post?

A:  Yes.

Bizness As Usual

6 Apr

One of the areas in my career I’ve been working on quite a bit is BizComics.

As you may know, BizComics was actually launched in June of 2015.  However, just recently, we’ve relaunched it.  Why?  It needed it.  The original site didn’t have really any content to go visit (well, just not a super-ton of content).  It explained what we do (which, if you don’t know, you should just go visit the site instead of me explaining it all here).  It had some cartoons, but not anything to keep anyone THAT interested.  If we had a way of serving free coffee there, that would’ve been interesting.  Unfortunately at the time, we did not (and sorry – still don’t).

Basically, we needed a better way of getting the message out of what we do.  And have a bit more fun on our end while we’re at it.

What we do though has remained the same since the start.  Just the site and content to go with it has changed.

With the relaunch, a few exciting new things have been happening in the neighborhood.

One is, there is a new weekly cartoon and blog featured every week.  They’re always business, office, marketing – you know, biz stuff related.

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Above:  Here’s an example.  The latest BizComic cartoon.

Also, there is a new quarterly graphic novel series, Max Impact:  Marketing Detective.  It’s an ongoing series about Max trying to solve marketing problems.  Definitely more exciting than the latest Batman v Superman movie.  No, really.  It’s a fresh and engaging feature I think you’ll enjoy.

We’ve also added all the social media outlets that you can follow us on.  That includes Facebook, Linkedin, Pintrest, Twitter and InstaGram.  If I’m missing any, please let me know.

As a cartoonist, I love just about every thing about the craft.  I’ve always compared cartooning to acting:  I take on many roles.  I work on daily gags, graphic novels, stupidity for MAD and – along with it all – I really have a passion for using cartoons for marketing.  They ARE the best marketing material out there.  (That’s why it kills me when cartoons get axed from publications.  Don’t they realize the cartoons are often the most read part of it?  It’s a proven stat.  Ask the NewYorker.)

And I always mention to companies I work with and potential clients, when was the last time you DIDN’T pay attention to a cartoon on your news feed?  (The answer, when answered honestly, is typically that you always do.)

Cartoons work.

So, anyway, I’m not trying to make a pitch here about BizComics, but it has been a big area of focus recently and I hope you check out the new features (why, just click here).  I’ve been working hard with the coolest marketing team out there and we’ve really come a long ways since our initial launch over a year ago.

I’m thrilled to keep growing this bizmonster.

Wake-Up Call

17 Jun

When I wake-up in the morning, like a lot of people, I generally run through my mind and figure out what it is that needs done for the day.  Everyday is a bit different.  Right now, I have my daily cartoons that need produced, teaching Paint Nite some evenings, working on and promoting Nate Fakes Cartoons and BizComicsPlus, I have other projects that I’m doing regularly like oil painting, a children’s book and graphic novel.  Oh, and marketing, invoices and the office stuff.

Everyday I’m faced with the same question:  What is the priority?

What NEEDS done today?

So, now that a lot of what I’m doing is ready to go, it’s time to really focus on the business side of things.  I mean, I always do have that focus (business side) but it’s time to fine-tune a lot.  The NEEDS are ones that produce regular income.  The stuff that is fun (like the children’s book, painting, etc.) are activities that I will continue doing, but aren’t exactly necessary on a daily basis.

Cartooning is enjoyable – and challenging – profession.  The enjoyable side is creating everlasting ideas that people enjoy.  The challenging side is getting those ideas to payoff.

I’m extremely excited about quite a bit in my profession right now.  Nate Fakes Cartoons is still being built-up and worked on, but it’s open and I’m thrilled to FINALLY have a place for customers to get instant downloads, license cartoons of mine and contact me for custom work.  This has been on my mind for years (a site like this) and now it’s here.

Also, BizComics is going to open the doors to some great new series for businesses that they’re going to love.

The “side projects” are things I do because I want to.  Will they payoff?  Well, in financial terms, who knows.  I’d do them anyway, so it doesn’t matter too much (although, let’s be honest, if they DO somehow, that’s never a bad thing).

Of course, I still have those really BIG ideas as well floating around.  And of course, I’ll try them out.  You The Big Picture (1)never know.

So, waking up there are a lot of things running through my head.  I make decisions and hope they’re good ones.  Different days and different decisions are what I wake- up to.  And when fueled by morning coffee, it helps give my decisions a well deserved wake-up call.

Nate Fakes Cartoons and BizComics

11 Jun

The day has come where I can introduce you to the newest go-to source for all your cartoon needs, Nate Fakes Cartoons (www.natefakescartoons.com).

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I’m thrilled to announce I actually have a full, functional website that features all of services which includes custom cartoons, stock cartoons, illustration and the latest feature, BizComics.

In the past, I’ve tried (terribly) to create my own site where customers could purchase my stock cartoons for use.  Let’s just say it was a failed effort.  Luckily though, roughly a year ago, I got together with my friend Mark, who is owner of O’Brien Communications Group and asked for help.

Throughout this time, I’ve been corresponding with Mark and the rest of the team (Jonathan and JoAnna) and they helped develop Nate Fakes Cartoons.  Despite being great people, they know what they’re doing.

This new site still has a few upgraded features being added – but is basically complete.  Soon, there will be a search bar where you type in a keyword for what type of cartoon you’re looking for and it will pull-up everything associated.  Right now, what’s holding that up is my tagging of all of the cartoons.  There are over 1,500 of them in the library (and growing everyday), so it’s a lengthy process.  In the meantime though, everything is categorized, so you can still browse through and look for a specific cartoon.

For the stock cartoons, once purchased, it’s an instant download, so you get the cartoon(s) instantly.  Prices vary on use – but there are three simple options to choose from.

As for custom work, there are several exciting options for that.

I do custom illustrations for basic needs – such as a birthday card or something simple – for a fair price.  However, most of the custom work I do is for businesses and corporate clients.  Therefore, as of this past Tuesday, another collaboration with O’Brien’s that we just launched is BizComics.

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BizComics is – in my humble opinion – the absolute best marketing tool that can be used for any company to help support their brand.  And the best part is – it’s fun!

It’s not just a website but it’s a club.

The idea sparked from one of the features that I’ve created with O’Brien’s, Thought Leadership.  It’s been a success.  And so, why not take that to the next level and introduce cartoons to other companies?  What business WOULDN’T want their own feature in their newsletters, website, emails, etc.?  Many probably haven’t even considered them (cartoons) an option, however, BizComics let’s them know about it – and why it works.

I always ask people when DIDN’T you pay attention to a cartoon on your Facebook feed, in a magazine or email?  Think about it – if you see one, you typically read it.  BizComics once again enforces my belief that cartoons are the most effective marketing tool for any brand.  They WILL draw (no pun intended) attention.  And customers take notice.

There is a link to BizComics on the Nate Fakes Cartoons site and also you can read the official press release of it by clicking here.  Or, jump right to it and visit BizComics at www.bizcomics.club.

So, for stock cartoons, custom work, BizComics, illustrations or to just send me a note that says “hello” – Nate Fakes Cartoons is open for business.

Hope you stop by, hangout for awhile and I’ll see about offering coffee and donuts while you’re there.