Michael has been an avid cartoonist since early childhood when a friend taught him how to draw a great white shark during a period of class where they were supposed to be paying attention to something else. His talent for illustration was further nurtured by friends and childhood art teachers, Barbara Sylvane and Helene Winograd. Although art and cartooning have taken a side-seat to full time work and family, he has been hooked ever since. Uh, Actually Daddy is his second published cartoon work, the first being Other Such Nonsense, a single panel cartoon that enjoyed it’s time in the sun during runs in local Florida newspapers such as The Central Florida Future (’94), The Conway Community Paper (’97) and The Valencia Source (’98). Other Such Nonsense also enjoyed a brief run on the web with the Bay Review, an online compendium for artists, poets and writers to showcase their work. Recently, Other Such Nonsense has been revived, with older panels being upgraded and new strips premiering every Saturday. These can be found in the Other Such Nonsense, Redux section of our website.
Last year, Michael was interviewed by Melissa Ross, the host of WJCT radio’s First Coast Connect, to discuss the development of Uh, Actually Daddy and how working on the strip has helped to relieve the symptoms of PTSD. This topic was also showcased on an episode of WJCT’s Hometown, in which producer Amanda Whorton discusses the history of Michael’s cartooning efforts and how they have culminated in the production of Uh, Actually Daddy. This interview can be seen in the Supplemental Blog section under March 8th, 2012.
Michael is a free-lance illustrator and a full-time student at the Art Institute of Jacksonville where he studies Media Arts & Animation. Additionally, he retired as a Chief Petty Officer from a reserve component of the United States Navy and is a veteran of the war in Iraq, where he served as the LCPO of a convoy security team for Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Fourteen.