The Illustration Work of Glenn Zimmer
Glenn grew up, pencil in hand, in Philadelphia and spent his formative years drawing and making his own humor magazines and comic books.

Raised on the work of Jack Davis, Mort Drucker, John Buscema and Jack Kirby, Glenn’s ambition was to create and illustrate comics. However financial concerns won out (as they always seem to do) and after graduating from The Art Institute of Philadelphia he accepted a position at Gimbels Department Store as a layout artist. He exhibited enough skill to the Art Directors there to have the opportunity to fill in on illustration assignments for merchandising men’s fashions, television sets, refrigerators and lawn mowers to name a few.

Glenn became a partner in the ownership of a small promotional advertising agency called AdPeople and left Gimbels behind to work with his partners. The partnership proved to be successful but eventually dissolved amicably.  He then became Art Director at Mitchell & Company advertising where he cut his teeth on national accounts such as Beech Nut baby food and The Army National Guard.

Still with the desire to work in publishing Glenn left the agency and accepted a graphic design position with the Advertising Specialty Institute where he would spend the next 32 years. Over time Glenn would climb to the position of Corporate Art Director and manage the Corporate Design Department directing the design and production of a group of monthly trade magazines and periodicals as well as the company’s promotional graphics. He would  receive recognition with awards in art direction and graphic design from The Art Directors Club of Philadelphia, Folio Magazine’s “Face to Face” competition for Publication Design and the Apex Awards for Publication Excellence. ( Glenn has also received awards for illustration from The Philadelphia Sketch Club, The Art Directors Club of Philadelphia and The Artists Guild of Delaware Valley. )

Glenn is now illustrating (and writing) children’s books as well as working as an illustrator for clients such as Major League Baseball, Merck Pharmaceuticals, Great Lakes Publishing, Rich Brands, Inc., The Wall Street Journal and Thomson/West Publishing. His children’s work has been published by Compass Publishing and Hachai Publishing. He has also taught at Cabrini College and The Pennsylvania College of Art and Design and currently serves as senior portfolio advisor for Moore College of Art’s Illustration Department. He is member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Bucks County Illustrators Society.