• Kitty Nerd

    Kitty Nerd endured some rough high school years to help you make incredible websites. He took hits from some pretty shady bully cat characters, but has now seen them peak as fast food managers and little league coaches, while he rakes in the big numbers with his coding expertise. He can knock around javascript, having […]

  • Happy and Curious

    More than anything else, people ask Happy and Curious how his parents arrived at his name. Just after he was born, his mother noticed him smiling, and his father noticed his keen interest in their fingers. The only way it would work was to have it both ways. He jokes that his parents were one […]

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    Nutty the Squirrel

    Nutty the Squirrel has always had a blast reading the funny papers. Every time he thinks he’s seen it all, he finds something new that cracks Nutty up. This morning’s joke was so good, he stored it in his cheek to share it with his next tree neighbors. After they had unwrapped the crumpled, soggy […]

  • The Most Famous Cartoon Characters & Mascots – Part 2

    Part one of our most famous cartoon characters and mascots is a much loved post and we’ve been asked to follow it up time and time again. So by popular demand here you go! Enjoy these characters for who and what they are. They get into our heads and once they get in there, they have a ton of fun. I bet you’ve got characters and mascots that you grew up with … I’ve got a couple of favorites from when I was a kid, I’ll tell you about them as they show up in my list below. Here goes!


    Alfred E. Neuman

    Alfred E. Neuman

    A familiar face to every kid in America, Alfred has been there with us since we were old enough to recognize a face. Thanks for being there buddy. Your wikipedia page is pretty cool too.


  • London 2012 Mascot Designs

    2012 Olympic Mascot Designs

    2012 Olympic Mascot Designs

    Every Olympics needs at least one mascot.  Apparently, the 1972 games in Munich the Olympics was the first time a mascot was used for the Olympics.  It was a dog (a dachshund) called “Waldi”.  That was 1972! That seems so recent doesn’t it? I would have guessed that the Olympics has been using mascots for centuries … at least! So anyway, once I got over my shock that Olypic mascots have only been around for 40 years I got to looking at the new mascot designs for the London 2012 games.  Here’ s what I discovered.

  • Free Mascot Design: “Jesse” the Bear

    Mascot design: Jesse the bear

    Alright so everyone knows mascot design makes us happy. So we’re extra happy to announce that Jesse is ready to be released into the wild! That means you get Jesse and you get him for free which should make you happy, which makes us happy, which means everyone is … OK, never mind!  So let’s meet Jesse shall we?

  • Cartoon Elephant Mascot, Mr.Bucks

    One of the funnest experiences we’ve had in recent time was the mascot design for Mr.Bucks. I mean, take a look at this guy. He’s got style, cool, pizzaz and cash dripping offa him. The client wanted to make sure that Mr.Bucks was anything but your average cartoon elephant. They key words in the creative […]

  • How to hire a character illustrator

    If you have a website, comic or any of a hundred other reasons for needing a character illustrator. You will need to know how to find and hire one.

    A cartoon handyman mascot created by a professional character illustrator

    First of all you will need to establish in your own mind exactly what it is you need from the character you need designed. Is it suppose to be aggressive, passive, friendly, scary, big, small, and the list goes on.

    You need to establish to yourself exactly what your character’s purpose is, because you will need to be able to clearly transmit this information to the character illustrator. Also you should make sure the character illustrator you find asks for this information, because if they aren’t interested in your requirements, you can be sure they will not do a good job.

  • Traits of a great character design illustrator

    This article will be of interest to anyone considering hiring a character design illustrator, or becoming one themselves. Regardless of which path you are on, identifying the traits of a great character design illustrator will be of great interest to you. First we must really look at the purpose behind a character design illustrator, and then analyze what it would take to be, or identify a great one. After all, if you going to hire a someone, you want to be able to assure yourself that they can do the job.

  • Racoon Mascot Design

    James got in touch with us for a new mascot design. Conceptually called “Rocky” he wanted an upright, bipedal Raccoon that was confident and happy and strapped with gear such as a climbing harness and a helmet. Here are some of the concept sketches the team came up with. Rocky had to be a character […]

  • Cartoon Mascot: Why Even Bother?

    Cartoon mascot design ... Alive and well for all the right reasons.

    Cartoon mascot design ... Alive and well for all the right reasons.

    Getting a cartoon mascot is an additional expense for any organization.  So why even bother with it … I mean, is it worth the time and money getting your own cartoon mascot?  Well it’ll come as no surprised that we tend to vouch for cartoon mascots all the way but we’ll try to put our bias aside and make the case as fairly as possible.


    Cartoon mascots are super sticky.  You’ve only got to see one a couple of times and they will stick in your brain.  That’s the main reason why businesses, bloggers and non-profits alike use cartoon mascots in the first place.  They make you look twice and they make you remember and associate the organization with the mascot.  All of which equals “cha-ching”.

  • 50 Most Famous Cartoon Characters & Mascots

    Could you name fifty famous cartoon characters off the top of your head? I didn’t think I could … until I got started. I’d wager if you are over 30 years old, you would recognize and know every single one of these characters. For real, every single one. In writing this post I came to realize the sheer volume of cartoon characters that have permanently infiltrated my brain. A famous cartoon character or mascot design seems to have one thing in common: they are incredibly sticky. Like it or not, they invade your head space, and never leave.

    If you are like me, some of these characters you grew up with as a kid, others you will have gotten to know and love as an adult. The one’s that made it on this list did so because of their enduring greatness to last beyond mere fad and pull up a permanent place both in popular culture and in our minds. In no particular order, let’s get this started! And naturally, all characters are copyright of their respective owners. Don’t steal them m’kay?

    1. Mickey Mouse

      Joyful, vulnerable, lovable. Mickey came into our hearts and minds decades ago and still reigns supreme. He’s like the Jesus of cartoon characters.