JBiRD iNK started out as a one-man illustration and design firm with its corporate office located in the upstairs bedroom of a split level home in Peru, Illinois. Founder Jason Kotecki started the company in 1998 after graduating from Northern Illinois University with a degree in Illustration. Jason did a variety of freelance work for a wide range of clients.
It began as a young man's attempt to win over his best girl…Jason Kotecki first drew his lovable characters for his girlfriend Kim while they were dating. The couple shared a kindred childlike spirit, and Jason used the drawings, which represented the couple as children, on many homemade gifts designed to win her heart. He not only won her heart but also her hand in marriage.
The characters have since taken on lives of their own and the "real" Kim and Jason have built a company to share the comic strip and its inspiring message. A portion of each sale goes to support organizations that help meet the needs and improve the lives of children around the world. Since its humble beginnings, JBiRD iNK has evolved to more closely match Jason's long-term goals. JBiRD iNK, Ltd. is now located in Madison, Wisconsin, and has broadened its scope and shifted its focus. It is dedicated to impacting culture by entertaining, inspiring, and encouraging people to renew their childlike spirit and believe in their dreams through various forms of media.