Allen Rankin
Cartooning, Memphis Tennessee United States
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Contact details
111 S. Highland St.
PO Box 411
Memphis, TN 38111
Tel: 901 647-0440
Brief Summary
I am a cartoonist, illustrator, graphic designer, art director and musician with experience in marketing, printing sales and most recently, publishing. My single panel cartoon strip is called Another Fine Mess. I published an eBook collection of my drawings in August of 2014 called Another Fine Mess-Cartoons By H. Allen Rankin. It is available to download at: I produce editorial illustrations, magazine cartoons, and illustrations for print and on-line publication. Visit my website to review more examples of my work. If you like my drawings and have a project I can help you with, contact me soon.
I've produced cartoons, illustrations or technical illustrations for Service Master, Germantown Performing Arts, Baptist Memorial Hospital, Hewlett Packard, music CD covers and packaging, t-shirt designs and illustrations for local restaurants and businesses. 
Professional Experience
Harold Allen Rankin

Employment History

Currently, I am a publisher with Best Version Media, producing a private exclusive monthly neighborhood magazine called Midtown Living. The magazine serves the historic districts of central Midtown Memphis. Our first issue publishes November 1st, 2015. 

Mighty Media Group, LP/Southaven, MS February 2013-May 2014
Direct Marketing Manager-produced all print advertising, website designs, digital bulletins, vinyl billboards, concert photography, and promotions for three radio stations broadcasting in the Memphis, TN and northern Mississippi region. I was laid off in May of 2014, but continued to provide services contractually.

Heliogramme America, Inc./Graphic Resource Center, Inc., Memphis, TN/Marketing Director/: May 2002-May 2012
Marketing and sales of a copyrighted digital engraving process for achieving excellent print reproduction and enhancement or creative effects in images used in newspaper ads, magazine ads, packaging and collateral printing. Inside sales and business promotion was to national accounts, which were corporations, ad agencies and corporate in-house agencies in territories all over the USA and Canada. Also wrote advertising copy and assisted in the design of self-promotional materials winning national awards for posters, catalogs and various promotional pieces.

• Writing ad copy for self promotions
• Cross-platformed on Mac/PC
• Programs used: Adobe Creative
Suite, Goldmine, Filemaker, Word,
Excel & PowerPoint
• Prospecting for new business
• Sales calls, quotes/estimates
• Closing sales/Setting up accounts
• Daily marketing database updates
• Designing marketing strategies

Heliogramme America, Inc. is now out of business.

Previous Employers:

• Commercial printing sales/freelance graphic design & illustration-August 1999 until May 2002 for various printing company accounts such as Alphagraphics, Vector Graphics, Central Imaging & Printing.

• Advertising South/Wace-Memphis/Seven Worldwide/Graphicsource, TN/December 1992 until August 1999
Pre-press/production design for large format commercial screen printing & fabrication company.

• Freelance Illustrator/Graphic Designer-Memphis, TN/March 1987 until December 1992
Art direction, design and production of logos, packaging, editorial illustration & photography.

• Pandick Press Dallas (Now Merrill Corp.)-Dallas, TX/August 1981until February 1987
Art Director/Pre-press shift manager for national financial & legal printing company

• Media Graphics Photography Studio-Irving, TX/March 1980 until July 1981August 1981
Film assembly, photo retouch & design of fashion, food and furniture photography for catalogs and ads.

• Jiffy Print Reproduction Centers-Memphis, TN/November 1978 until March 1980
Art Department Manager/Pre-press and design for large quick print chain.

• Memphis Pink Palace Museum-Memphis, TN/November 1975 until November 1978
Graphic production/illustration/micro photography and exhibits fabrication for Exhibits Department.

Education: BFA Photography/Illustration-Memphis College of Art

Awards and Recognition
• 2010 Fexy Award for creative copy writing-Heliogramme self-promotional calendar
• 2009 Communications Award for creative copy writing-Heliogramme self-promotional magazine
• 1992 Award of Excellence Hopper Paper Co.-Skybox menu design at Memphis Pyramid, Yum    Brands


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