Nate Fakes

Nate Fakes - Designer

Los Angeles, CA, USA

L.A.-area professional illustrator and syndicated cartoonist featured in NY Times, MAD Magazine, Red Bull advertising and elsewhere.

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Overview

My name is Nate Fakes. I'm a full-time syndicated cartoonist, writer, and illustrator in Los Angeles, California.

You can say I've dabbled in almost all elements of publishing, illustration, and cartooning.

I've resided as an in-house cartoonist for an agency where I created Red Bull cartoons for worldwide advertising campaigns with storyboards, print ads, digital ads, and television commercials. I also have a syndicated series, Break of Day, that is read daily worldwide in print and online.

My work has appeared in MAD Magazine, New York Times, greeting cards, books, ads, and just about anywhere that appreciates my humor (just Google 'Nate Fakes'). Some of my biggest clients are Disney, Scholastic, and Warner Bros.

My specialty is creating fun custom illustrations and cartoons for graphic novels, children's books, middle-grade books, humor, business, sales, and marketing material.

What's it like to work with me?

I have a strong work ethic, and I am a professional. Knowing my work will be out in the public eye, I ensure it is the best I can do. I don't take any project lightly.

I love working with clients that are open to suggestions, fun to collaborate with, and can communicate well. There is a lot of back-and-forth, and I see each project as a team effort, so it's crucial we're on the same page.

I provide a detailed process that includes roughs, revisions, a timeline, deadline, and everything needed to ensure we are on track to completing the project in a timely manner.

Sound good?

If so, I hope to hear from you soon about your book project. I'm a bit picky, but if I think I'm a good fit, and the budget and the timeline works out okay, we'll be on the way to a great collaboration and book.
Services
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Business & Management
Children's - Non-fiction
Comics (non fiction)
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels
Humor & Comedy
Middle Grade
Picture Books

Certifications

  • Member of the National Cartoonists Society

Work experience

Cartoonist

Kastner
June, 2018 – August, 2019 (about 1 year)

A full-time staff cartoonist at Kastner agency in L.A. Writes and creates cartoon concepts for animations, commercials, storyboards, and billboards for clients such as Red Bull.

Owner

Self-employed
January, 2005 – Present (over 15 years)

Nate Fakes Studios create custom cartoons, ads, illustrations and comic books for clients around the world.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Laser pointers, hairballs, and other cat stuff

Nate Fakes

Need a new book for your cat to sit on? This is it. This full-color book features cat illustrations and over 70 cat cartoons by syndicated cartoonist, Nate Fakes. Purr-fect for any cat lover of all ages and anyone that enjoys some feline fun!

Need a new book for your cat to sit on? This is it. This full-color book features cat illustrations and over 70 cat cartoons by syndicated cartoonist, Nate Fakes. Purr-fect for any cat lover of all ages and anyone that enjoys some feline fun!

PEOPLE SUCK!...or do YOU?: A Book of perspectives (Volume 1)

Mr. Flint B Stowne

Are you frustrated with the local dog walkers? city traffic? the transit system? your neighbors? how about your co-workers antics? Do you grunt under your breath or yell out loud that “PEOPLE SUCK!!” on a regular basis? If you do then this book is for you! Do you ever catch yourself doing things that upset other people around you like parking in two parking spots or cutting off a driver on the... read more

Are you frustrated with the local dog walkers? city traffic? the transit system? your neighbors? how about your co-workers antics? Do you grunt under your breath or yell out loud that “PEOPLE SUCK!!” on a regular basis? If you do then this book is for you! Do you ever catch yourself doing things that upset other people around you like parking in two parking spots or cutting off a driver on the... read more

They Did it Sideways

John-Archie Lynn

In 1974, Photographer Jonny Corry and his pal Barney are probably the only marijuana growers in Northern Ireland. With their illegal stash protected by a neurotic horny dog they join in the antics of zany characters who smoke pot and consume industrial quantities of alcohol. A paranoid sea captain wears disguises and drinks rum from a teapot at a fancy hotel, while an alcoholic hairdresser who... read more

In 1974, Photographer Jonny Corry and his pal Barney are probably the only marijuana growers in Northern Ireland. With their illegal stash protected by a neurotic horny dog they join in the antics of zany characters who smoke pot and consume industrial quantities of alcohol. A paranoid sea captain wears disguises and drinks rum from a teapot at a fancy hotel, while an alcoholic hairdresser who... read more

Too Late, Mate?: A Daygame Memoir

Alex Forrest

“Too Late, Mate?” tells the true story of a singleton and relationship virgin who spent most of his adult life bewildered, struggling to figure out where he was going wrong with women and wondering where he had misplaced his sex life. In the process he had achieved the impressive feat of amassing the largest collection of female friends known to mankind, whilst simultaneously failing to sleep ... read more

“Too Late, Mate?” tells the true story of a singleton and relationship virgin who spent most of his adult life bewildered, struggling to figure out where he was going wrong with women and wondering where he had misplaced his sex life. In the process he had achieved the impressive feat of amassing the largest collection of female friends known to mankind, whilst simultaneously failing to sleep ... read more

Knocking On Heaven's Door

Tommy Blaze

When most people think about God, they picture a grumpy old man in the sky handing out impossible rules and smiting people. It s not often that we have the opportunity to see God as the inventor of humor and a connoisseur of friendship. Knocking on Heaven s Door explores the relationship between a little boy named Spencer and his best friend God. This collection of comic strips (with behind-th... read more

When most people think about God, they picture a grumpy old man in the sky handing out impossible rules and smiting people. It s not often that we have the opportunity to see God as the inventor of humor and a connoisseur of friendship. Knocking on Heaven s Door explores the relationship between a little boy named Spencer and his best friend God. This collection of comic strips (with behind-th... read more

MAD Magazine # 507 (Feb 2011) The 20 Dumbest Things in 2010

Staff Writers & Contributing Editors

Parody of People, Events, and Things in 2010 and much more MAD Comedy

Parody of People, Events, and Things in 2010 and much more MAD Comedy

Mad Magazine # 509 June 2011 Issue

John Ficarra

Mad Magazine #509

Mad Magazine #509

Mad Magazine #523

Back issue magazine

Back issue magazine

The Lunatic Diaries: Random Notes From BizComics

Mark O'Brien

In June of 2015, a conversation took place between Mark Nelson O’Brien and Nate Fakes that would change the course of world history. Well … maybe not the history of the whole world. But it would certainly change the lives and the histories of the two chuckleheads who participated in the conversation.Here’s the entirety of that conversation, transcribed for posterity, enshrined in the Library o... read more

In June of 2015, a conversation took place between Mark Nelson O’Brien and Nate Fakes that would change the course of world history. Well … maybe not the history of the whole world. But it would certainly change the lives and the histories of the two chuckleheads who participated in the conversation.Here’s the entirety of that conversation, transcribed for posterity, enshrined in the Library o... read more

How to be a Great Real Estate Agent: The Principles of Client-Oriented Real Estate (CORE)

Joe Rand

In How to be a Great Real Estate Agent, Joe Rand shows you how to take a client-oriented approach to every aspect of your business: How to generate leads by providing creative services to people, rather than trying to manipulate them. How to turn your boring presentations relying on an outdated value proposition into engaging client consultations explaining the core services you actually provi... read more

In How to be a Great Real Estate Agent, Joe Rand shows you how to take a client-oriented approach to every aspect of your business: How to generate leads by providing creative services to people, rather than trying to manipulate them. How to turn your boring presentations relying on an outdated value proposition into engaging client consultations explaining the core services you actually provi... read more

Nate has 8 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

S. Bajgiran
It was a pleasure working with Nate. He's a great communicator and a true professional. I enjoyed our collaboration on 35+ images that he illustrated for my book.

S. Bajgiran, November 2019


Aaron Hanlon
Nate was great to work with; he was patient and provided constructive feedback and great illustrations. He also took the time to educate me on a few areas in publishing that were new to me. Highly recommended. Looking forward to working with him again.

Aaron Hanlon, May 2019


Julie Trelstad
Nate is a pleasure to work with and I would definitely hire him again for a future project! Working with Nate has been great in all aspects of the project. His work is top quality, he communicates clearly and promptly, and, even with changes to the project's scope, he worked to make sure that he met the project deadline.

Julie Trelstad, December 2018


Rob O
Working with Nate is a dream. He is highly skilled (see his resume), very intuitive, and flexible. I had the pleasure of working with Nate for the past month or so. He created the cover for my ebook. He did everything I asked and more. The schedule was pushed back and he was fine with it. We did multiple revisions and he was always more than happy to keep working until the job was done. I highl...
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Rob O, March 2018


John Lynn
Working with Nate was a pleasure from the start. He not only went along with my ideas but suggested valuable input. The turnaround time was excellent and the finished artwork was spot on for my novel. Highly recommended.

John Lynn, October 2017

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