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Design Spotlight: Rackafracka by Fritz

September 24, 2014

Our Design Spotlight falls today on artist Fritz at Rackafracka by Fritz, who joined GCU in August 2014. His cartoons really make us giggle and grin!



My pen name is Fritz. I took this pen name when I moved to San Francisco California from Ames Iowa. Nobody knew me so I decided to change my name and sign my illustrations with the new name.  My Grandpa was also nicknamed Fritz and he loves to tell jokes. And since I’ve also love to tell jokes and make people laugh I thought it would be a good thing to carry on.  I’ve been drawing and reading cartoon as long as I can remember.

My heros are Gary Larson, Charles Schulz, and Bill Watterson. I started my first comic strip in high school with a character named Kumquat Boy. Most of the jokes were immature and involved farts and other bodily functions that at the time I thought were hilarious.

I moved to San Francisco and got my BFA in Illustration at the Academy of Art University. It was at AAU that I started my single frame comic strip called Rackafracka. I love the single frame comic. I love the challenge of telling a whole story in one frame. Single frame comics are versatile and flexible and are perfect for many applications. I also have the freedom to create new and funny characters every day.

One way I practice is in at a breakfast business networking group that I’m a part of that meets weekly. Every week there are three member speakers. Each speaker has seven minutes to talk. I challenge myself to come up with a joke and a illustration during that seven minutes and it has to be relevant to the topic they are talking about in their speech.

I pay the rent by doing custom cartoons for businesses that need custom illustrations for their marketing, websites, social media, and presentations. I’ve also done wall murals for companies that want to decorate their campus. My comic strip Rackafracka is a daily comic that will be re-launching on October 1, 2014.

I’ve always loved getting greeting cards for special occasions. Greeting cards are perfect for single panel comics like myself. I love the opportunity to think of comics for all the categories that are on GCU. It’s my challenge and my goal.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Bruce Bolinger permalink
    September 24, 2014 12:04 pm

    Hi Martin,

    From one toonist to another – great stuff and a fun style. You’ll go places, probably with me, into the unemployment line every thursday. Keep it up!


  2. September 24, 2014 3:05 pm

    Welcome to GCU Fritz – love your cartoons and sense of humor! Congratulations on the re-launch of your Rackafracka daily comic coming in October! It was very nice to meet you and I wish you success with your new GCU store!


  3. paintedcottages permalink
    September 24, 2014 11:25 pm

    what fun… good luck at GCU!

  4. September 25, 2014 12:21 am

    Hi Fritz, It is a pleasure to meet you and read your interesting bio! Best of luck to you at GCU and with your daily comic endeavor!
    And by the way, I have a coworker that would absolutely be a kindred spirit with Kumquat Boy!


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