The Andertoons Story

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

The coffee table

First cartoon sold at Andertoons

My first sale

Screenshot of first Andertoons website

My first website

Mark Andersoon

Embarassing childhood photo

It started at a coffee table.

In 1997, having graduated with a music degree, Mark Anderson moved, married his college sweetheart, and landed his first real job selling screws. Finding a music career impractical, and the business world uninspiring, he began drawing cartoons at the living room coffee table in his spare time.

He had always loved cartoons, and had contributed to his high school and college newspapers. The creative outlet was exactly what he was looking for, and he began submitting cartoons to magazines.

It was a rough start, but Anderson refined his talents and soon sold his first cartoon. Seeing himself in print, and check in hand, Anderson set about reinventing himself as a cartoonist.

Over the years, his day jobs changed, but his cartoon routine stayed the same. Working early mornings, lunch hours, and late into the night, he continued drawing, submitting, and building his website, After their first child was born, Mark quit his day job to become a stay-at-home dad and draw cartoons full time.

Mark now runs Andertoons from his studio, where he sits at a drafting table. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife, son, daughter, dog, cats, and one well-used coffee table.

Mark Anderson Bio

Cartoonist Mark Anderson lives in the Chicago area with his wife, their children, two cats, a dog and several dust bunnies.

Publications that use his cartoons include:

  • Reader's Digest
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Good Housekeeping
  • Forbes
  • Barrons
  • Woman's World
  • Harvard Business Review
  • Saturday Evening Post
  • American Legion Magazine
  • Funny Times
  • ...and many more!

Mark's cartoons appear on greeting cards by:

  • Papyrus
  • Gallant Greetings
  • Oatmeal Studios
  • Marian Heath

Corporate clients and other publishers include:

  • GM
  • General Electric
  • Walgreens
  • Morgan Stanley
  • US Airways
  • FedEx
  • Microsoft
  • IBM
  • MapQuest
  • Wells Fargo
  • McGraw-Hill
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Sports Authority
  • ...and numerous others!


Many regular readers say that they look forward to the Andertoons cartoon on our site every Friday. It adds a lighter note to kick off the weekend.
Benefits to the site have been increased reader loyalty and engagement. For instance, Andertoons cartoons are tweeted an average of 137 times each, and shared regularly on Facebook, Pinterest and other sites. For sites that find it hard to generate image-based content, Andertoons cartoons are ideal.

Anita Campbell
Small Business Trends

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