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.

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Diggity Do!

Diggity Do!

I recently completed a strip for Seven Days again and realized that it's been over a year since I last posted here. A lot has happened since then. TLDR: I was depressed.Bad Medicine In August 2018, I heard back from my cardiologist. I had finished my 6 month checkup...

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Congratulations, Jason!

I can finally share something very near and dear to my heart. Jason Lutes, our sturdy CCS captain and one of the best people I’ve ever met, finished his masterpiece Berlin. It’s been a two decade journey for him and it finally culminated this year....

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Spring Is My Comic Season

For most cartoonists, winter is the time to get work done. Short, cold days keep you inside and productive. For some reason, I start cranking out pages at a supernatural rate in the spring. Usually. Not for the last several years. With two surgeries in my rear view,...

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You Will Be Missed, Dean

I'm saddened to learn about the passing of Dean Allen this week. He was one of the great writers and designers of the independent web. And he created one of the best content management systems of the early 00's – Textpattern. Nearly every site I built between 2005...

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Inktober 2017…From Hell

For this year’s Inktober, I’m turning it into a work assignment. I’m going to be working on a graphic novel set in Hell after I finish The Walk. And I wanted to use the month as an opportunity to do some research and character studies on demons. Demons who I’d like to...

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