In print and digitally, Nate Fakes is quickly moving up the ladder as a well known cartoonist. Whether you know it or not, you have probably seen his work. Nate has been featured in print in newspapers, magazines, books, greeting cards, websites, television, radio, syndication and more. Along with this, he is know for his viral comics that have been seen by millions by being shared across social networking platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. He work has been featured everywhere from MAD Magazine to the nationally syndicated broadcast, The Bob and Tom Show. Often, his clients simply include businesses looking to brand their product with custom cartoons, logos or ads.
BIO: Nate's first big break was drawing the cover of his elementary school yearbook in 5th grade - which paid a whopping five dollars.
He later attended Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. There he studied fine-arts and communication.
While in college, he landed the job as the graphic artist/cartoonist for the school newspaper. That gig landed him an internship with 'The Usual Gang of Idiots' at MAD Magazine in New York City.
After college, Nate began developing his illustrations and cartoons and started freelancing. He also continues working with MAD and became a syndicated cartoonist with his series, Break of Day.
He also developed numerous greeting cards for card companies such as NobleWorks and Smart Alex, where they are featured in stores and online. Along with cards, he's a regular in many worldwide publications, such as the highest circulation magazine nationwide, Parade and many more.
As the social media platform continues to grow, his cartoons are constantly shared from big name social pages such as actor George Takei and The Tampa Bay Rays - exposing his work quickly to millions where they continue to be viral. In his spare time, Nate enjoys helping animals. He started doing illustrations of peoples pets and donating a percentage of the profits towards shelters/rescues of customers choice. He also does volunteer work at places like SPCA Tampa Bay, where he has also taught cartooning and has done several presentations. More information on getting an illustration of your pet can be found HERE.
Beyond illustrating and cartooning, Nate enjoys getting out on the weekends, traveling and enjoys eating donuts.
Nate has been featured in many publications such as:
Tampa Bay Times (TBT)
Nate has greeting cards through major companies:
Nate's feature, Break of Day, is syndicated through Universal/U-Click. It is self-syndicated to newspapers.
Nate works closely with comedian, Tommy Blaze, who is a professional stand-up comedian who has starred in numerous movies, television shows (such as the show, Friends), radio and more. He illustrates the series written by Tommy called Knocking On Heaven's Door, which can be seen online at www.kohd.org. It's about six year old Spencer and his best friend who happens to be God. It's kind of like the Bruce Almighty movie - except it's a comic strip. Their work was picked up by a publisher and there is a published book that is debuting spring of 2013. Tommy commissioned Nate back in 2008 and has been working with him since.
TELEVISION and RADIO:
Nate's work on Knocking on Heaven's Door has been mentioned on The Bob and Tom Show; a nationally syndicated radio show with more than 7 million listeners each morning. Likewise, the broadcast was aired nationally on WGN as well for television viewers.