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Hooked on comics: How Jeff Butler turned a childhood obsession into a career

May 28, 2018

On Wisconsin magazine, a publication for UW-Madison alumni, recently put the spotlight on Jeff Butler, a current student with the School of Education’s Art Department.

Butler first arrived at UW-Madison in 1976, but left in the 1980s without his diploma to pursue a successful career as an artist.

“Before college, drawing was just an intuitive thing that I did,” Butler tells On Wisconsin. “College was the first time I started paying attention to the formal and academic aspects of creating art.”

Over the years he has worked on Dungeons & Dragons illustrations for the Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, gaming company TSR, Inc., and worked on comics such as “The Green Hornet,” The Lost World: Jurassic Park” and “Hercules.” After returning to Madison in 1997, he created video game characters for Raven Software for more than a decade, and he began teaching comic book art and cartooning at Madison College in 2012.

Earlier this year he returned to school full-time and he plans to graduate from UW-Madison in the fall.

To learn much more about Butler and his remarkable journey, check out the entire On Wisconsin magazine report for free online.

Photo illustration for On Wisconsin magazine by Jeff Butler

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