Those readers who've
come to Dan's readings or appearances may have noticed
him doodling quick cartoons or sketches for fans who request
them in their books. Dan's a writer, not an artist, but his
older brother Ted was a professional cartoonist and Dan grew
up sketching, drawing, and water coloring.
He also started an outrageous cartoon strip -- "The
Gross" -- for the college newspaper when he was a freshman
at Wabash College in the 1960's. Having some art ability comes
in handy when working with real artists such as Gary Ruddell
while deciding on cover image ideas or layout designs.