C.M.Butzer is an illustrator, cartoonist, and printmaker who works and lives in Hilo, Hawaii.


C.M.Butzer is an illustrator, printmaker, and cartoonist who has recently moved to Hilo,Hawaii from New York City. His illustrations have been in numerous books, publications, and have been used on product designs. He wrote and drew “Gettysburg. The Graphic Novel” for Harper Collins which was featured in the Top Ten Non-fiction Graphic Novels of 2009 by the American Library Association. He is currently illustrating a graphic novel about the naturalist E.O.Wilson for Island Press. He is an avid printmaker, preferring silkscreen above all other forms of printing because of its vibrant colors. He has exhibited his handmade prints, books, comics, and zines at curated festivals and shows across the continental United States and Canada- including the MoCCA Festival, LA Zinefest, Linework NW, Comic Arts Brooklyn, SPX, Toronto Comic Arts Festival, and many more.

C.M.Butzer has fallen in love with new home on the Big Island. Where he has rediscovered his love for the outdoors- biking, hiking, snorkeling, and being a truly terrible surfer. He sometimes misses Brooklyn but then remembers New York winters.


C.M.Butzer was raised in a small town, just outside of Portland, Oregon. In 1992 Butzer left Oregon to attend Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle where he earned a BFA in Illustration. After school he worked for Wizards of the Coast. In 1998 he moved to Florence, Italy. Where he met Luigi Galante, who ran a didactic illustration studio. He worked for Studio Galante for nearly five years before moving to New York City to earn his MFA in illustration at the School Visual Arts. In 2009 Harper Collins published “Gettysburg”, his first graphic novel. He taught “Creating Independent Comics” at SVA and is working new comics, screenprints, and a myriad of thing drawn and printed. Butzer also works as an illustrator, storyboard, and concept artist out of his studio in Hilo, Hawaii. His work has been featured in the Society of Illustrators, American Library Association, and the Graphic Novel Reporter.


Harper Collins, Facebook, Mitsubishi, Google, FX network, Gillette, Bank of New York, Blackberry, Honda, Verizon, J Walter Thompson, Saatchi & Saatchi, Microsoft, Honda, Little, Brown & Co., 1st Ave.Machine, Playboy, New York Press, Dorling & Kindersley, Johnson & Johnson, Harcourt Brace, Nestle, For Beginners, Puma, HTC, Miles Kelly Publishing, Lenovo, Wizards of the Coast, and Time Magazine.

Rabid Rabbit Comic Anthology

In the spring of 2005 C.M.Butzer and Paul Hoppe created “The Night of the Rabid Rabbit” as a vehicle to promote themselves and a few of their talented friends. They wanted to create a comic anthology that worked as a complete magazine as opposed to selection of unrelated comics. This lead to a series of award-winning theme-based comic anthologies that have attracted the interest of noted creators such as Seymour Chwast, Marshall Arisman, and Wesley Bedrosian as well as new talent as S.Y.Choi, Andres Vera Martinez, and Ben Marra. The magazine has won awards Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, 3X3 magazine, and CMYK.