I'm a storyteller at heart, and I've been lucky to work in several different concentrations at the same time during my career.


Published by Fantagraphics and SpongeBob Comics, I earned an MFA in Cartooning from the Center for Cartoon Studies. I have also created several webcomics.


Comics and design go hand in hand for producing illustrations. I’ve done illustrations for companies like Storz Brewery and


I have been working professionally as a graphic designer since 1995, and I am now currently the creative director at B² Interactive, a digital marketing agency in Omaha, Nebraska.

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How To Build A Professional Cartoonist Website Quickly

How To Build A Professional Cartoonist Website Quickly

Posted on Jul 21, 2016 in Business

I recently wrote about how webcomics are good for content marketing and why cartoonists should be doing them. But I’ve since been receiving questions about simply getting online with a professional cartoonist website. The cartoonists asking me these questions are usually posting a bit on Tumblr and that’s about it. If you were paying me […]

Fear of Dying…Content

Fear of Dying…Content

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 in Advice

I’ve been thinking about reboots. Sequels. Relaunches. We are living in a culture of constant recycling, remixing, never dying content. Zombie content. And I find myself wishing for new, original voices and stories. Of course, there is the argument that nothing is ever new, not really. And I agree with that. Every story is influenced […]

In Defense of Resting

In Defense of Resting

Posted on May 18, 2016 in Advice

When I get on Facebook, I see posts from other cartoonists exclaiming how busy they are, and how tired they are. And if you also work in tech or in a startup, you know that being tired is a badge of honor. It was for me too. I’ve been working in web for 20 years […]

Max Riffner is a cartoonist, designer, and illustrator. He has an MFA in Cartooning from the Center for Cartoon Studies and has been a graphic designer since 1995.

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