Max Riffner

Cartoonist. Designer. Illustrator.

Max Riffner is a cartoonist, designer, and illustrator with over 20 years creative experience. He has an MFA in Cartooning from the Center for Cartoon Studies and has been a graphic designer since 1995.



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.

From The Blog

Surgery Is A Great Way To Stop Drawing Comics

Twenty-six years ago, I dislocated my right knee while we were on a family vacation in Colorado. After the initial dislocation, it seemed to be better. I wasn't running a marathon or anything, but it was okay to walk on. Several days later, we stopped for an...

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Don’t Train The Same Art Muscles Every Day

Sorry for the radio silence. I've been hard at work getting the art for The Walk further along than it has been. But I still feel like a failure on many levels. I can't blame myself for losing a couple years on it due to my health. But I have a hard time working on it...

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The Zen of Web Typography

Illustration by Katie Kassel I wrote another blog post for B2 Interactive concerning web typography and embracing the nature of the web versus forcing your content to look like your print pieces. You fiddle. You fudge. You make soft breaks in text to avoid orphans....

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The Struggle To Create

I've been slowly finding time The Walk, but it's a struggle. I started working on this comic in the summer of 2013, after I graduated from the Center for Cartoon Studies. That's four years ago now. I've been trying to determine what my roadblocks to success have been....

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SVG Filters

Last month I wrote on the B² Interactive blog about using SVG filters to help enhance all the photos on a large website I was working on. Using SVG, I was able to brighten all the photos without having to download them all and batch process them through Adobe...

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