Bret Herholz
Illustration, Worcester Massachusetts United States
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Brief Summary
Illustrator, scriptwriter and art instructor. Author of nine books, a regular contributor to the Undercoverfish Group and a contributing artist for the web series CRACKED: AFTER HOURS providing the inner thoughts for Katie Willert's character on the show. Bret is a member of the Society of Children's Books, Writers and Authors (SCBWI) and is represented by WBMT Agency Literary, Music, Film and Television.

Alterna Comics
Snow Books (United Kingdom)
Soft Shoe Press
Obverse Books
Worcester Magazine
Kentucky Repertory Theater
Vworp Vworp Magazine

Professional Experience

• Alterna Comics
Freelance Illustrator/writer/comic artist • Levittown, New York • 2006 to present

• Undercoverfish
Contributing Author/Illustrator • Worcester, Massachusetts• 2005 to Present

Contributing Artist • Los Angeles, California • 2010 to present
America's only Humor & Video Site, since 1958
o Cracked After Hours
o Mar 2010 to present
A webisode featuring four employees of who get together after work and riff on popular culture. I provide artwork with represents the inner thoughts of actress Katie Willert's character.

• The Bunny and the Badger
Co Owner • Worcester, Massachusetts • 2012 to present
Unique hand-made jewelry and original artwork by husband and wife Sydney (the Bunny) and Bret (the Badger) Herholz. Visit our website at

• Soft Shoe Press
Author/Illustrator • Northampton, Massachusetts • 2012 to present

• Worcester Art Museum
Higgins Eduction Wing Art Instructor • Worcester, Massachusetts •2003 to present
I teach a wide variety of afterschool and Saturday Morning Art Classes from pen and ink illustration to cartooning to comic art to character design and layout for animation.

• Benjamin Franklin Charter School
Art Education • Franklin, Massachusetts • 2010 to present
Teaching Cartooning, comic art, character design and layout, traditional animation, and scriptwriting for both comic art and cartooning.

• Pincushion Hill Montessori School
Art Instructor 2005 to 2008
Afterschool Art Enrichment Teacher.

Awards and Recognition

Diary of the Black Widow
 Alterna Comics
November 15, 2007
By Bret M. Herholz
A young woman with a habit of seducing and killing men attracts the attention of an oblivious Detective and his helper. Will they solve the mystery behind these murders, or will the Black Widow strike again? Combining the illustrative style of Edward Gorey and the humor of Monty Python, Bret M. Herholz crafts a tale of mystery, humor, and suspense.

The Spaghetti Strand Murder
 Alterna Comics
January 15, 2009
By Bret M. Herholz
Lord Algernon Sloughshire has been found dead! The only clue to what caused the murder was a single strand of spaghetti found tied around his lordship's neck. Luckily there's only one person oblivious enough to "solve" this case, none other than the DETECTIVE INSPECTOR!

Sherlock Holmes: The Painful Predicament of Alice Faulkner
 Alterna Comics
November 18, 2009
By Bret M. Herholz
Based on the Characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle from a play by William Gillette. A young woman named Alice Faulkner is in possession of documents that could cause a devastating royal scandal. Unfortunately, she has fallen into the hands of a pair of unscrupulous people who wish to use her possessions for their own ill benefit. So it is up to England's most famous consulting detective along with the help of his trusted friend, Doctor Watson, to rescue this unfortunate young woman and avert the impending scandal.

The Ninnies
Obverse Books
May 31, 2012
Written by Paul Magrs
Cover and Interior art by Bret M. Herholz
Mum wouldn’t believe me when I told her Dad had been taken away by the Ninnies.
She thought he’d left us of his own accord. She thought he’d taken his bucket, ladder and chamois leather on his window round that Monday and simply never came back because he’d gone off us. Or that he’d imagined a better life somewhere else. ‘He could never stand any pressure,’ she sighed, eating another handful of Flying Saucers. ‘He was never any good with stress.’But I knew. I knew he’d never just up and leave us. Not with Squoosh, my little sister on the way. I knew what had really happened.He had been taken away by the Ninnies.Though Mum would not listen to a word of it. ‘You’re too fanciful,’ she told me, cramming another load of Flying Saucers into her mouth as she sat there at the kitchen table. ‘You get it from him. He was always dreaming. Making daft things up. All about the things he saw through people’s windows!’ I could tell that Mum herself was making stuff up as she ranted. She was making herself believe that we would be better off without him.

The Casque of Amontillado
Soft Shoe Press
August 16, 2012
By Bret M. Herholz
Based on the short story by Edgar Allan Poe, first published in the November 1846 issue of Godey's Lady's Book. The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge. You, who so well know the nature of my soul, will not suppose, however, that I gave utterance to a threat. AT LENGTH I would be avenged; this was a point definitively settled -- but the very definitiveness with which it was resolved precluded the idea of risk. I must not only punish, but punish with impunity.

Memento Mori
Soft Shoe Press
November 13, 2012
By Bret and Sydney Herholz
A pictographic expedition through many of the cemeteries in Massachusetts. Illustrations provided by Bret M. Herholz and photographs taken by Sydney Herholz on their many day trips to these places of eternal repose.

Loogie The Booger Genie: Prince of Pranks
November 16, 2012
Written By N.E. Castle
Cover and Interior Art by Bret M. Herholz
Prince Loogar is a snobbish brat who played one too many pranks. To punish him, the king's wizard cast a spell that locked the prince in a pea-sized bottle for hundreds of years. Charlie found the pea and now Loogie is stuck in Charlie's nose. Together, they fumble through adventures as they try to break the wizard's spell and set Loogie free.


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