mercado_self_port-bigI’d like to make the world a better place one funny drawing at a time!

Hello, I’m Vern Mercado. I draw cartoons for (formerly Welcome and thanks for stopping by.

I’ve always loved to draw. I consider these cartoon characters not just illusions of ink on paper but my living & breathing buddies. We go through life’s journey together. My mom constantly reminds me of when I was a young and asked to sleep, she caught me under my covers with a flashlight and a sketch pad in order to keep drawing. I would stay occupied for hours. The magic of drawing has always fascinated me because with the slight of hand … BLAM! I could move mountains. My imagination had no bounds.

When I was a kid, my father was in the U.S. Navy so we traveled a lot. We finally settled down in Jacksonville, Florida where he later retired. I studied architecture in college and later moved to San Francisco, California. It is there that I found the arts mecca – architecture, theater, visual arts, and classical music. It’s fun to see grown-ups <like me> never giving up on their dream and producing art in any form. I hope my cartoons put a smile on your face and possibly make your day a little bit better.

I’ve always loved putting together art and technology. Whether it’s designing buildings in Autocad or putting websites together in WordPress. My cartoons are no different. I embrace the convergence of art and technology. I currently draw my cartoons on a Wacom Cintiq through Clip Studio Paint Pro (formally Manga Studio EX) software.

I live in Concord, California with my wife Lucille and dog Rhapsody. Thanks again for visiting and please come again soon for more laughs.


My Links

My GoComics Web Page



Download the GoComics Mobile App! Just click here.

Hint: After downloading the App, search for “Vern Mercado” or “vernscartoons


My Mad Magazine Spread (June 1997 – #358)


My Online Portfolio (A Flash Web Site, sorry iPhone people – view it on a desktop)


My Book, Illustrated by me, Written by public speaker Doug Lipp



My Online interview with Sugar Frosted Goodness’s Jeff Andrews


My Online Critique by Simpson’s storyboard artist Luis Escobar


My Artist Appearance at Charles M. Schulz Museum Artist-In-Residence


My Online Artist Groups