In childhood drawings Chad often incorporated himself, so it seemed only natural to continue that decades later in The Thinking Man’s Idiocies.

“Way back when I had no money to advertise, the best way to get exposure, besides window painting and other freelance work …was to put something like a comic strip, into the U of C’s Newspaper.”

The comic strip would become a regular installment in University of Calgary’s, The Gauntlet for about 5 years.

Sometime later artwork traded for a website and domain name lead to the creation of chadsuniverse.com. Which became the permanent home for the comic strip, a few actually finished comics, as well as Chad’s continually growing Red Binder Collection.

Red Binder

“I’ve had the Red Binder for a long time – the first binder fell apart and was retired in 2001.”

In time, continuously adding doodles, rough sketches and finished illustrations, transformed the content that circulated through the binder into an immense body of work that Chad felt should be seen by other human eyes.

“If I’m out and about (or at home) with a little time on my hands, I’ll sit and draw for a little while. So as long as that sort of thing keeps happening, the collection will keep growing, and growing and growing.”

Drawing Table

The drawing table featured in the comic strip is Chad’s actual drawing table.

“It was a hand-me-down that I’ve managed to hold on to despite many moves and many decades of use.”

Gifted to him by Grant Leier who tutored Chad and 2 others in the fundamentals of illustration (during summer breaks).

“Yeah, I’ve had that table since my preteens – I don’t think I own anything with this much history, besides a box of photos and a very old family photo album.”

In it’s time as a creative surface, the table has also been a popular perch for the pets that have been and are presently in Chad’s life.