Chad was born at an early age. Abandoned by his parents on his 20th birthday, he was forced to wander aimlessly in his neighbors backyard. It was there that he was adopted by a pack of friendly ground squirrels and taught the ways of small rodents. Subsisting mainly on grass, seeds and insects, Chad grew and grew, Until one day, the neighbor finally got sick of the huge holes Chad was digging in his rose garden and had him leave the state. Thus in 1988, Chad moved from his home in Alaska to Sarasota, Florida where he had the nice opportunity to learn some of the cartooning tricks of the trade from "Hagar the Horrible" creator Dik Browne. While in Sarasota, Chad also got to know another cartoonist that lived in the area. That cartoonist was Mike Peters, the creator of "Mother Goose & Grimm". It was Peters who set Chad on his current project of "Tundra" by telling him to "draw what you know." Having grown up throughout the state of Alaska, Chad decided that "what he knew" was animals & nature. Because of this Chad decided to head back to his home state. Once there, Chad began the awesome task of beating "Tundra" into the psyche of every man, woman, child and houseplant that roamed the four corners of the globe. From these humble beginnings, Chad has turned his artwork into a thriving comic strip known as Tundra. Which has been running in newspapers and publications throughout Alaska, Canada,the lower 48, and even Europe for the past 15 years. The Tundra Empire has grown to include 12 different books, dozens of shirt designs, many different note cards, mouse pads, bumper stickers, and an interactive CD-ROM. In addition to drawing Tundra, Chad has also been contracted by many companies and organizations throughout the country for projects involving his unique style of art. Some of these companies include the National Association of Search and Rescue, the Alaska State Troopers and most recently, the United States Navy.

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