After being a member of the last graduating class of Marion College (’88), Eric started out his career as a high school art teacher. That was followed by a position as a Creative Director for a top apparel manufacturer. There he created artwork for Disney, Warner Bros., Nintendo, Barbie and several other top brands. In 1994 he began cartooning professionally when he joined Paws, Inc., the studio of Garfield. As assistant cartoonist, Eric helped draw the Garfield comic for 17 years.
He developed a working relationship with King Features Comics Editor, the late, Jay Kennedy after submitting a strip idea of his own. While the strip idea was rejected, Jay
saw promise in Eric’s ability to draw a multitude of styles. He served brief stints filling in
on King Feature strips, “Tiger” and “Hagar the Horrible.” In 2009 he began helping Chance Browne draw the Hi & Lois comic strip and joined forces with Browne Creative Enterprises full time in 2012. Having been a life long fan of Dik Browne’s art, Eric describes drawing Dik’s characters as, “a humbling, yet daily thrill!”
He has taught as an adjunct professor at Indiana Wesleyan University, his alma mater. Eric’s wife, Dr. Lori Goss-Reaves, joined the faculty as a full time professor at IWU in 2014, after teaching as an adjunct professor for several years. He and Lori, his wife of 30 years, have 5 children, so his ability to relate to the Flagston’s daily antics comes quite naturally! He enjoys watching his adult children grow into their respective careers, spending time with two beautiful granddaughters, creating art in several different mediums, and relaxing in a tailwater with his fly rod and large trout.