You recognize Spectickles from their huge glasses, but you remember them for their wet-your-pants, tears rolling-down-your-face, hyperventilating humor.
In newspapers, calendars (Mead, American Greetings),greeting cards (Hallmark) and dozens of other licensed products around the world; Spectickles is rapidly becoming one of the most popular comics being published today!
When you think about becoming an artist, the likeliest paths to consider might be art school, an internship, immersing yourself in the world and culture of art, or something along those lines.
Not Bill Abbott. Oh my, no—that would be too obvious. In the early 1990’s Bill was a stockbroker.
Then he was in a military special warfare unit and served in Iraq and other equally unpleasant places.
Then a special agent in law enforcement. And always lurking in the background, like a lusty peeping Tom, a cartoonist.
Bill returned from his last Middle East deployment in mid-2008 and decided it was time to pursue a life-long passion: cartooning.
Since then, his cartoons have appeared in such places as the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review and Reader’s Digest.
They’ve also been licensed for greeting cards with Hallmark UK and Marian Heath, and in calendars with Mead and American Greetings.
His bespectacled characters have even been made into figurines.
Bill lives in western New York with his wife and children, and a happy, goofy black Lab, Arleigh.