Al was born in Newport News, Virginia in 1957 and started creating cartoon characters in the 3rd grade.
After completing high school Al entered the military and continued to draw cartoons. Al would secretly post gag cartoons on military bulletin boards and stand back and wait for the reactions of the people who read them. With his imagination and military experience, his characters were pretty much off the chart and people loved the cartoons.
Al has been very fortunate to have been taught by some of the best in the industry. Some of his Instructors/mentors were Sergio Cariello who worked for Marvel and DC comics. Fernando Ruiz who works on the Archie comics and Tex who worked on the Popeye comics.