Nate Fakes

Nate Fakes – Designer

Published graphic novelist, illustrator, and syndicated cartoonist featured in NY Times, MAD Magazine, Red Bull advertising, and elsewhere.


My name is Nate. I'm a full-time syndicated cartoonist, published author, graphic novelist, and children's book illustrator who resides outside Los Angeles, California.

I've worked 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. Plus, I'm a published author with my graphic memoir, A FADE OF LIGHT.

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

Additionally, I'm a proud member of the National Cartoonists Society.

I'm primarily interested in children's book illustration, graphic novels, and cover art. However, I'm open to projects of all kind.

I am looking forward to hearing from you!
Business & Management Children’s Non-Fiction Comics Non-Fiction Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Comics & Graphic Novels Humor & Comedy Middle Grade Picture Books
  • Member of the National Cartoonists Society

Work experience


Jun, 2018 — Aug, 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.


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!
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 ... 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 ach... 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 quantit... 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 chucklehe... 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 Do... read more

Nate has 8 reviews





S. B.

S. B.

Nov, 2019

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.
Aaron H.

Aaron H.

May, 2019

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.
Julie T.

Julie T.

Dec, 2018

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.
Rob O.

Rob O.

Mar, 2018

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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John L.

John L.

Oct, 2017

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.

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