At the age of five Chris was thrown to the artistic wolves when his father took away his coloring books, encouraging him to draw and color his own creations instead. His father, a former artist himself, wasn’t doing this to be cruel, but five year olds aren’t always privy to life lessons and their greater purposes. So with a bitter attitude, Chris started down the path of creative heartbreak where his stubbornness and insecurities pushed him to draw day and night in search of artistic satisfaction.
His dedication to becoming a better artist slowly started to get him recognized among his peers and teachers. He was often enlisted to help with classroom signage, creating sets for school plays and designing artwork to decorate the hallways. At 11 years old, a Levi’s commercial starring comic book artist Rob Liefeld changed his life. Up till then, he never put together that someone actually got paid to draw comic books, and from that moment on he knew what he wanted to do with his life. Sadly, Chris peaked at the tender age of 13 when he won a 10-speed bike in a local art competition.
Since that success, Chris went on to high school and college, often spending his time drawing instead of paying attention in class. He eventually found himself going into graphic design and advertising as that afforded him a livable wage while also providing minor relief to his artistic itch. He self-published a comic called “Fisted” in the early 2000’s and though it found a small following, boxes of them can still be found in garages throughout the Chicago suburbs.
In recent years, Chris started to find success with a new web comic called Wannabe. Though it went through a few failed iterations, it really found its groove when he started focusing the strip on his love of music. He continued to tighten the concept, landing on six panel album reviews that he would release weekly. Though it hasn’t garnered him the two-wheeled accolades he received as a young teen, Wannabe has provided him with an artistic peace he was previously lacking.
Aside from Wannabe, Chris still works in advertising and can be found among the dregs of social media trying to peddle his wares. That 10-speed bike still hangs in his parents’ garage covered in rust and cobwebs. Though a little worse for wear, it’ll still get you where you want to go.