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

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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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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