Break of Day started in 2003 in the college newspaper, The Guardian, at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where cartoonist, Nate Fakes, was attending. During college, batches of the cartoons were sent to MAD Magazine in New York City, which landed Nate an internship with the publication.
After a brief hiatus, they later on became self-syndicated in newspapers and then syndicated online at GoComics in 2011.
The comics now appear worldwide in greeting cards, magazines, advertisements, viral comics on social media and just about anywhere.
Nate has always had a very short attention span, so the goal of the strip has always been to feature a very short, quick and funny cartoon that only takes a few seconds to read (something HE would enjoy reading). And that’s why it’s called, Break of Day. It can hopefully give you a fun break to your day.
These comics are available for use. If you would like to license any of the cartoons, please contact Nate HERE.
I have been writing professionally for over a decade for advertising, blogs, social media, magazines and books. I am represented by the David Black Literary Agency in N.Y.C. and currently have a new (super secret) project in development.
I love adding visuals that correspond with my words. Good examples of my work are on The Frustrated Cartoonist blog over at Medium at https://medium.com/@natefakes
How A Little Snack Shack in Middle America Helped Shape My Creative Profession
A little story about growing up around a little snack shack in Kansas. CLICK TO READ HERE.
A picture is worth a thousand words, right? So, just imagine how effectively a picture can convey your message even your marketing message if it’s accompanied by a just a few words. And then imagine how much more engaging and memorable your message could be if it were humorous or entertaining.
Nate has created custom cartoons for 21st Century Fox, Costco, LoanFolk, Breck's and numerous other companies.
Contact Nate today about getting your own custom cartoon created.
This cartoon was used on the Breck's company mailers to promote their tulips. The caption was customized toward the customer -- which included their name.
I created the idea, gag and final illustration.
The results of the marketing campaign was an engaging piece of mail that customers enjoyed and actually hung-up on their fridges.
My cartoons are also featured on their catalog.
I design, illustrate and write cartoons for Loanfolk. The website also features a regular series about student loan debt. Each cartoon is unique and based off of real stories. See more at Loanfolk.com.
21st Century Fox
The cartoon features new technology from Fox Sports for the Super Bowl. It was used on 21st Century Fox's official website. To date, this cartoon helped make it the top blog post on the site, and the most popular post throughout 21st Century Fox's social media. You can see it CLICK HERE.
"This collection is based on one of the most notorius landmarks of our home ski-resort Åre." "Kabinbanan" (the Cable Car) was inaugurated May 6, 1976 and cost just over 70 million to build, which was a disaster when the budget had been one tenth by 7 million. It was also later discovered that it was built in a very exposed place for both wind and ice. But despite these problems that this lift has gone through, it has become a very strong and dear symbol for Åre and will sadly be removed in a near future.
This cartoon was created for Costco for use for all of their social media channels. It earned thousands of "likes" and shares. You can see it via Facebook HERE.
Cartoon for ICC
This custom cartoon was created for ICC Inc. for their website. You can view it HERE.
21st Century Fox TV Marathon/Binge Watching Custom Cartoon
This custom cartoon was created for 21st Century Fox's blog depicting the difference between binge watching and a TV marathon. You can see it HERE.
Thought Leadership is a monthly cartoon published for OCG. The series has been running since 2013. Read them all HERE.
For over a year I worked as a full-time, in-house cartoonist for Kastner, in Los Angeles, where I created television commercials, print ads, digital ads and social media posts for Red Bull. The ads feature some of the most memorable characters for product advertising.
I was responsible for storyboarding cartoons, copywriting and art direction.
National Coffee Day
Above is an example of my copywriting. I created the copy for this particular brief for National Coffee Day.
Stay Ahead of the Game
I created the idea, rough concept and created the tagline for this particular ad. The final version was created by other artists.
Above: This is the final version used in video advertising.
Above: This is the final version created by an animator. This is one scene out of a complete animated video ad.
New Yorker Rejects
Nate has illustrated numerous books, commercial products, advertisements and more. He is also the only artist for the wine brand, Cellar Another.
CLICK HERE to contact Nate for your illustration needs.
I’ve been hired by companies such as Soroca Imports, Cellar Another and Rads Bloody Mary Mix to create custom labels for their products.
They’ve proven to be successful, with amazing sales and distribution - partly because the products are tasty, but also because the labels are eye-catching and fun.
Cellar Another brands feature four distinct wines: Pour Mozart, Beethoven’s 10th, 9 Names Chardonnay and Naked Penguin Moscato.
They are distributed all around the midwest. More information can be found on their website, HERE.
Naked Penguin Moscato
9 Names Chardonnay
I help concept and create the logo and mascot for RADS Bloody Mary Mix.
Like the name, nothing about Rad’s Bloody Mary Mix is watered down. This award-winning small-batch blend is fresh, bold, thick and spicy. The formula has been perfected over years of experimentation. Taste the truth. Find out more about Rad’s Bloody Mary Mix by going to RadsBloodyMary.com
RADS Bloody Mary Mix
Tails of Three Wine Cellars
I was hired by an individual to create this for his homemade brand of wine.
Laser Pointers, Hairballs, and Other Cat Stuff
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!
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-the-scenes notes from writer/comedian Tommy Blaze and artist Nate Fakes), is equally whimsical and profound. As author Tommy Blaze puts it, If Knocking on Heaven s Door is about anything, it s about our relationship with God and the understanding that He wants to be included in our everyday lives, no matter how seemingly trivial or insipid. . . . How could Spencer truly have a personal relationship with an omnipotent being so clearly superior to him? The answer is in the question. God can do anything He wants, which includes empathizing with a little kid and really getting down on his level.
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 of Congress, and buried in a time capsule in Mildew, Alabama, to be disinterred at the point (in history, of course) at which someone down there discovers (or re-invents) the shovel: Nate: “Hi, Mark. It’s Nate.” Mark: “Hi, Nate.” Nate: “Do you know cartoons can be used for marketing?” Mark: “The thought had crossed my mind.” Nate: “Why don’t we create a business to use cartoons in marketing?” Mark: “You mean like BizComics?” Nate: “Like what?” Mark: “Never mind.” The rest, as they say, is history … but not necessarily world history. From that day forward, the tireless protagonists went dutifully and diligently about the business of marketing BizComics. They wrote (to date) almost 100 blog posts, every one of which was accompanied (or inspired) by an original cartoon. They sent emails to a large and growing list of people and companies every two weeks. We got a little interest from Costco (they picked up one cartoon for their Facebook page). They sent two proposals to Baker & Taylor (the book distributor), for the purpose of reviving the two cats (named Baker and Taylor) immortalized by Jan Louch in her book, The True Tails of Baker and Taylor. They created exhaustive lists of industries, identified people at companies within each of them, and called or emailed all of them. Their efforts earned them one case of carpal tunnel syndrome and two cauliflower ears — gave them the opportunity to learn some very valuable lessons. They learned to believe in their talents. They learned to believe in the creative quality and caliber of their work. They learned to believe in their aptitudes to create a supply of exceptional and differentiating ideas and content. They learned to believe in and rely on each other. They learned — and came to fully appreciate — this wisdom from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1841 essay, “Self-Reliance”: "To believe our own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men — that is genius … A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within … Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his … Great works of art have no more affecting lesson for us than this. They teach us to abide by our spontaneous impression with good-humored inflexibility — then most when the whole cry of voices is on the other side. Else, to-morrow a stranger will say with masterly good sense precisely what we have thought and felt all the time, and we shall be forced to take with shame our own opinion from another." They don’t mean to suggest they’re geniuses, by any stretch. (Their spouses will vouch for that.) And they're not presumptuous enough to consider the work they produced for BizComics to be art. But because both of them tend to break out in hives when they take our own opinions from others, it seemed prudent and sensible to them to publish their work before someone else … uh … liberated it, so to speak. This book manifests their determination to share, as Emerson put it, what they have thought and felt. It reflects the ways in which they see the world. They hope it compels you to think in ways other than the ways in which you’d be otherwise inclined or prompted to think. And they hope it makes you smile.
Nate was an intern with MAD Magazine in 2004 in New York City. Since then, he has contributed articles, cartoons, and illustrations to the publication. He's responsible for three series: My Wife the Turtle, Twisted Toaster Tales, and Hanging By A Thread.
These are some samples from the magazine featuring a bit of his MAD-ness.
"This collection is based on one of the most notorius landmarks of our home ski-resort Åre."
"Kabinbanan" (the Cable Car) was inaugurated May 6, 1976 and cost just over 70 million to build, which was a disaster when the budget had been one tenth by 7 million. It was also later discovered that it was built in a very exposed place for both wind and ice. But despite these problems that this lift has gone through, it has become a very strong and dear symbol for Åre and will sadly be removed in a near future.