Karl Wimer is an established, award-winning cartoonist/illustrator and also a successful
marketing executive. His work is currently regularly featured in Mile High Sports Magazine,
Become A Champion magazine, and other publications.
An early influence was his mother, Joyce Wimer, a nationally-recognized professional artist
and teacher. He cartooned for school newspapers such as the Yale Daily and Kellogg
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Merger. During the early 90's in Prague, he was the regular cartoonist for the largest circulation English language
newspaper in Central Europe, the Central European Business Weekly. For nearly 10 years, Karl's editorial cartoons
appeared in every Denver Business Journal, with much of the work published regularly in other Biz Journals across the
country. Before it went into dormancy, Karl was also the featured cartoonist for The Investment Professional, the Journal of
the The New York Society of Security Analysts, a highly regarded and nationally distributed publication. Karl is a member of
The Cartoonist Group, a leading cartoonist syndicate, and a member of the American Association of Editorial
Cartoonists. His work was also regularly featured on Toonpool, an international cartoon showcase.
Karl brings his various interests to his cartooning and art. A history major at Yale, Karl fought in the trenches for Old Blue,
earning a letterman's sweater in football (and more than a few injuries), and collected a few more honors in lacrosse
worthy of hanging on the office wall to impress friends. He then spent more than four years in Europe, involved in
everything from coaching lacrosse to earning a graduate degree at the London School of Economics to helping rebuild the
Czech economy after the fall of communism as a consultant and venture capitalist. He returned stateside to chase his goal
of being an over-educated twenty-something, and found success with an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at
Northwestern. During those years, Karl also worked in Chile and Thailand, ostensibly as a marketer.
He continued to build his marketing career while hawking the best za's under one roof for Pizza Hut. Karl was fortunate to
manage major, co-branded national promotions with big-hitters such as the NCAA, PlayStation, Pepsi, Anheuser-Busch,
Major League Baseball, and Lucas Films. The Star Wars Episode I promo was the can't-miss, notch-in-the-belt career
opportunity, until people actually saw the movie - and Jar-Jar Binks. Karl left the restaurant world to join the great dotcom
gold rush, burning much midnight oil for several years as VP of Marketing for a number of start-ups and early stage
Karl's cartoons have won Society of Professional Journalists First Place Awards many years in a row, First Prizes with the
Colorado Press Association, and a finalist prize in the national Party Toons contests. He was featured annually in the Best
Editorial Cartoons of the Year - the definitive annual collection chosen from cartoonists across the US and Canada. His
work has also been featured in USAToday, with NPR, Fox News and has been in print around Europe. He has spoken to
groups of all sizes on cartoons, and has appeared on PBS. Most recently, his work has been chosen to appear in one of
the leading college Economics textbooks, written by Paul Krugman.
Karl is regularly commissioned by businesses to develop cartoons for marketing and promotional efforts. He has
designed logos for organizations big and small, created artwork for new products, designed and developed websites, and
frequently receives commissions for portraits, murals and other artwork. Past projects have included a logo for the central
sponsor for the US Disabled Ski Team, website gremlins, puppet designs for a children's video, painting a highly-prized,
painted brassiere for a charity event, and wall caricatures for the Denver Press Club.
When not creating art, illustrations, and cartoons, Karl leads companies of all sizes with various marketing and strategy
challenges, as a lacrosse, football, and basketball coach, and actively with inner-city youth development.
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