My name is Max Riffner, and welcome to my website. I have recently relaunched my site after being on hiatus for a few years. I started blogging in 2000 to document my journey creating my first graphic novel, Golden Boy, and then kept writing about comics, design, and the web: my core passions.
I will be filling out my blog with more posts shortly, but that’s a good place to start to see what I’m currently thinking about. I’ll be writing about those aforementioned core passions, specifically, I’m in a place now where I have many techniques on how to meet deadlines, how to approach large projects, and how storytelling affects everything no matter the medium.
About Max Riffner
For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a cartoonist, and thankfully I got that opportunity in high school working on the school newspaper. This is also where I started to see parallels with graphic design, so I served double duties as a cartoonist and designer on the newspaper. I won the Nebraska State High School Journalism Award for Best Cartoonist in 1995.
I started working as a professional web designer in 1996 while studying graphic design in college. After graduating in 1999, I kept working as a web designer for several firms while working on comics at night. I became obsessed with web standards, and converted Oriental Trading Company’s large e-commerce website to a standards based design in 2003.
My mini-comic, Quick Step, won the Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics in 2007. In the following years, I started my webcomic Drunk Elephant Comics. I also started to work with writer Kevin Church on Lydia and Signs and Meanings, which meant I always had two webcomics going at one time, all the while working my way up from a web designer to an interactive director for several advertising and marketing agencies.
In 2011, I decided to take a break from design to study at the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. I graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts in Cartooning from that institution in 2013. I’m now working as the Creative Director for B² Interactive back in my home town of Omaha, Nebraska.
My comics have been published by Fantagraphics, Spongebob Comics, Monkeybrain, Activate, and Markosia, along with self-publishing mini-comics and webcomics for the last 14 years. My design and illustration clients include Storage.com, Storz Brewery, Slate, Oriental Trading Company, College World Series, Borsheims, and the US Army.
I also have a tiny dog named Lilly, which my Instagram is almost completely devoted to.
Thanks for reading!
Interviews, Reviews & Podcasts
December 7, 2014
Two Headed Nerd Podcast #188: Peter Pan’s Pants
Interview following the release of The Crippler’s Son.
November 21, 2013
High-Low: Thirty Days of CCS
Review of The Crippler’s Son and Democracy Doomsday by talented critic Rob Clough.
June 7, 2007
Sequential Tart: Quick Steps
I spoke with Adrienne Rappaport about winning the Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics for my comic Quick Step.
March 14, 2005
Digital Strips Podcast
Quick review of my first graphic novel Golden Boy.