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Tag Archive for ‘adventure time’ at Phil McAndrew Illustrations & Comics
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Tag Archive for 'adventure time'

Summer Time

Hi, friends! It’s been a little while since I’ve updated this thing. It’s been a busy couple of months! I spent half of the month of May on the road, with visits to New York City, Syracuse, and Toronto. My first book, CRYING IN FRONT OF YOUR DOG AND OTHER STORIES, debuted at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival in May, which was awesome. TCAF is always wonderful and having a book come out at the festival only made it better. After that I was back in San Diego for just two weeks before I packed everything up and moved back to upstate, NY. Anyways, let’s get down to the nitty gritty.

The first important thing I have to tell you about is that both of my new books are now available online! CRYING IN FRONT OF YOUR DOG AND OTHER STORIES can be purchased from the Grimalkin Press website and BENIGN KINGDOM: PHIL McANDREW can be purchased from the Benign Kingdom website. Please, do yourself a favor and go order these if you haven’t already! Both books came out beautifully, even better than I’d hoped they would.

Next thing: Up above, at the start of this post, is the variant cover I drew for the upcoming ADVENTURE TIME SUMMER SPECIAL comic book. It should be hitting stores towards the end of this month, I think. Thanks to Shannon Watters at BOOM! Studios for letting me do another fun cover illustration job. I’m pretty darn proud of this one. You can click the image to see a slightly larger version.

This next thing (above) is a limited edition print that Grimalkin Press will be giving out along with every copy of CRYING IN FRONT OF YOUR DOG AND OTHER STORIES that was pre-ordered. So if you pre-ordered a copy of my book through Grimalkin Press, you’ll be getting one of these. The prints won’t be available anywhere else ever again!

The George W. Bush National Monument! I drew this for the fun of it.

This little portrait is of course of another villain: Jay Leno. This is on one of several bonus cards that I wrote and illustrated for the Machine of Death card game that is coming out (I think) later this summer. The bonus cards were an incentive for people that supported the project on Kickstarter.

Here is a drawing of a naked butt and a mosquito. I drew this for a little zine about bugs that my brother and our friend Brett are putting together.

Last but not least, I drew this for my friend Meg Hunt, for her upcoming JOIN TOGETHER show in Portland, OR. I’ll have more details on that for you later!

Phil McAndrew Awareness Month

My friend Nathaniel MacDonald recently commented on facebook that “it’s officially Phil McAndrew awareness month.” I think he might be right! A bunch of stuff with my work in it (or on it) is hitting shelves this month.

First thing! The new issue of MAD MAGAZINE hits shelves next week on the 18th! I wrote one of the 20 Dumbest Things pages (I got paid to make fun of Rush Limbaugh - a dream come true). This was my first time getting paid to write stuff without also providing illustrations! But don’t worry - I’ve got a comic in this issue too (which I did illustrate). I posted a little tiny glimpse of the comic a while back, but you should pick this issue up and read the whole thing.

Second thing! Also coming out next week on the 19th is issue #3 of the BRAVEST WARRIORS comic! I did a variant cover for this issue (above). Many thanks to Shannon Watters at BOOM! for letting me do another cover. I highly recommend picking up a copy, if not for me, then for the amazing back-up comic that my friend Ryan Pequin has in this issue. It’s pure gold.

Third thing! Speaking of variant covers… if you missed out on the cover I did for issue #8 of the ADVENTURE TIME comics (above), I just learned that it’s been collected in this little book that came out last week, ADVENTURE TIME: COVER SHOWCASE. I ran out and picked up a copy for myself today and it’s awesome, having all these great cover illustrations by so many great artists, many of whom I consider good friends, collected together into one little book. The Cover Showcase book looks like this, with a great cover by Paul Pope.

Other things! I’m working on ANOTHER comic book cover right now. I can’t say what it’s for yet - the comic series hasn’t been announced by the publisher yet! I’m also working hard, trying to finish up drawing my book. I posted a full new comic from the book online a while back, right over here. And here are some assorted little bits and glimpses.

My friend Maré Odomo recently drew me and lots of other cool people into a comic that he made for VICE. I’m towards the end, shaking my booty. If you follow me on twitter, you probably know that I love Maré’s comics. I think he’s doing some really neat, genuine, magical things and I desperately hope lots of publishers start scrambling to work with him because I want to own some Maré Odomo books. Maré interviewed me earlier this year… you can read that over here.

It’s almost Christmas time! Around this time I like to re-post the Krampus illustration I did for the Rochester City Newspaper a couple years ago (above). For the holidays I’ll be heading back to visit the snowy wonderland from which I came: Syracuse, NY. I’m going to be hanging out on the East coast for a couple weeks, from the 18th of December until the 3rd of January. I haven’t been back home to Syracuse (or anywhere on the East coast) for a year and I’m really looking forward to it. While I’m home I’m mostly going to take it easy, but I am planning to spend some time working on a few different book proposals that I’ve been tinkering with for a while now so that I can get the ball rolling on a few big projects I’d like to tackle in 2013. Maybe I’ll write a bit more soon about what’s in store for 2013 and reflect a bit on 2012, but for now I gotta get back to work! I have to finish a ton of stuff before I head to the East coast next week!

Bravest Warriors!

You guys! Look! I drew a variant cover for the upcoming BRAVEST WARRIORS comic book series that BOOM! Studios is going to be publishing. It was just revealed, along with some other amazing cover illustrations, over at Comics Alliance. Thanks to Shannon Watters at BOOM! for giving me a shot at doing another fun cover illustration. My cover will be a variant for issue #3. You can click the image above for a closer look.

And check out what arrived in the mail yesterday…

Advance contributor copies of Adventure Time #8! With my variant cover! As I mentioned previously, I think this hits shelves next week.

Bugs! Adventure Time! Dark Rituals! Public Speaking! The Piranhamoose! Rainn Wilson?

Hello, true believers! Up above is the the timelapse video from when the friendly folks of Soul Pancake filmed me painting in Los Angeles earlier this month. And here is a closer look at the painting I made in the video (click for larger view)…

When the timelapse video went online a lot of people were nice enough to link to it and tweet about it, including Rainn Wilson.

In other news, issue #8 of the Adventure Time comics hits shelves next week, the week of the 24th. Keep an eye out for copies with my variant cover!

My good friends Becky Dreistadt and Frank Gibson have a back-up story in this issue too, so if you only buy one issue of Adventure Time this year, make it this one.

I was just added to the roster of speakers that will be giving talks and workshops next month at SketchCamp San Diego. I think it’ll be a lot of fun. I’ve been intrigued by the idea of attempting to give some talks or workshops for a while now, so I’m excited to have an opportunity to finally give it a shot. Unfortunately, seats have already completely sold out for SketchCamp, but if you’re already signed up to attend: I’ll see you on October 6th!

I’m happy to report that, despite being busier than I’ve ever been, I’ve been making a lot of progress with my book recently. Here’s a peek at a creepy page I finished recently, colored slightly for the internet…

Oh! Another bit of exciting news! I created some illustrations for a little story that was included in David Malki’s new Wondermark book, which debuted at SPX this past weekend and is now available to purchase. Here’s a peek (photo yoinked from David’s website)…

Okay! This blog update is long enough! Back to the drawing board I go.

Pancakes and Chowder

Hello friends! I’ve been extremely busy! I spent all last week up in Los Angeles! I was up there for work, mainly to do some stuff at Cartoon Network. Before heading back down to San Diego I did get to spend a day painting a picture and hanging out with the film crew at Soul Pancake headquarters (picture above yoinked from Soul Pancake’s Twitter). There will be a video of my painting process online soon! Here’s a tiny peek at what I painted… I’ll post the full image when the video goes up online…

Oh! Also! I just realized that the Adventure Time comic book cover I drew a while back will hit stores this month as a variant cover for issue #8. I have it on good authority that it will be out the week of the 24th. I’m super excited about that.

I recently did another cover illustration for a different comic book. Here’s a tiny little peek at that… I’ll show off the full image as soon as the publisher reveals it…

Another recent thing: I wrote a silly little story, just for fun.

The Clam Chowder Incident is about a person with a dangerously attractive butt (seriously). You can read the whole thing here. I hope you like it!

Hmm, what else have I been up to? I drew some little things for a zine that my friends Becky, Frank, Tyler, and Zach put together. It’s called SPEEDHOG The Hedgehog and it’ll be available at SPX this weekend (sorry, I won’t be there). I’m working on a few awesome freelance projects right now. I’m also trying to finish up work on my own book, hoping to have it finished and printed in time for it to be available at some events in the spring. Here’s part of a scary page in progress…

Okay! Back to drawing I go! I love you guys!

Finn and Jake Prepare to Face the Great Ghost Wizard

Hello, friends!

First thing: I’ll have a piece in an upcoming show at Gallery Nucleus, Oootopia: An Artgebraic Tribute to Adventure Time. More info on the show and when it opens can be found over here! You can click on my piece up above to get a closer look.

Second thing: My friends Nathaniel MacDonald and Danny Djeljosevic recently interviewed me for their awesome podcast, Comics You Can Dance To. You can give it a listen over at Comics Bulletin!

Yes, Even You, George R. R. Martin!

Thank you to everyone that came out for the Crazy Rattlesnake Treehouse Gang comics reading event last week! I think everyone had a pretty good time! I know I did. I’d love to do more readings/events in the future.

The big huge San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone and holy moly, it was a lot of fun. Here are a few of the highlights that I remembered to document…

On Saturday I caught the MAD Magazine panel, which was a lot of fun. The day before the panel I got to meet Ryan Flanders, the art director that I’ve worked with at the magazine, in person for the first time. Before the panel I got to meet John Ficarra, editor-in-chief of the Magazine. After the panel I got to meet one of my cartooning heroes, long-time MAD contributor Sergio Aragonés. He shook my hand and said “So we are colleagues now!”

As someone who recently started working on their very own project with Cartoon Network (and as someone who has drawn Adventure Time stuff professionally), it was exciting to see such a huge Cartoon Network presence at the convention. I got to attend an awesome Cartoon Network party / gallery show opening on Friday. It was really fun and there wasn’t a bad piece in the entire show. I might even go see it again if it’s still hanging.

Look at the size of this gosh darn Finn!

It was also exciting getting to hang out and drink free beers in the secret Cartoon Network hotel suite whenever I needed a break from wandering around the convention. Check out the view!

I got to meet a few celebrities! I got to talk for a couple minutes with George R. R. Martin after he wandered into a party I happened to be at. At the same party Johnny Galecki asked me for a cigarette (I didn’t have any, of course, because that’s gross). I saw Joseph Gordon-Levitt getting mobbed by a big crowd of people and I ran into this guy, standing around in a hotel lobby…

But the best part of any convention is always getting to spend time with good friends! I spent most of my time doing exactly that. Awkwardly pictured below are Evan Dahm, Tyler Hutchison, and Becky Dreistadt.

I wish I’d taken more pictures. It was really great meeting and/or hanging out with a TON of people. There are way too many of you to even attempt listing but I didn’t really meet or talk to anyone unpleasant all week so if you met, hung out with, or talked to me at all you can be sure that I enjoyed the encounter! Yes, even you, George R. R. Martin!

I do want to list some people that deserve a big THANK YOU! Special thanks to David King, Ryan Bradford, Justin Hudnall and Ruby Cougler for working hard and making the Crazy Rattlesnake Treehouse Gang reading event possible. Extra special thanks to David King (again!), Becky Dreistadt, Frank Gibson, Ed Luce, Tom Neely, Malachi Ward, and Kent Osborne for participating in the event!

Thanks also to EvanTyler, Becky and Frank for being awesome friends and letting me hang out and use your convention booth as a base camp where I could relax and occasionally charge my phone (and for beers and snacks!). Thanks to Natasha Allegri and Amanda Thomas for being awesome house guests and bus-mates, and for hanging out with me so dang much. Thanks to Falynn Koch for being an awesome post-convention house guest (and for dinner!). Thanks to Pendleton Ward for lunch and for always having good advice for me. Thanks to Shannon Watters at BOOM! Studios and to Gina Gagliano and everyone else at First Second Books for being so gosh darn nice and loading me up with comics to read! Thanks to Jeffrey Rowland and the rest of the Topatoco crew for a nice evening at your Comic-Con mansion.

I’ve got a storyboard to finish, a drawing to work on for an upcoming gallery show and comics to write and draw so I’ll leave you now with one last picture of that super enormous Finn head.


Hey! It looks like the cat is out of the bag. I drew a variant cover for issue #8 of the official ADVENTURE TIME comic book series from BOOM! Studios. I suggest clicking the image up above if you’d like a closer peek at some of the finer details. Thanks to editor Shannon Watters for offering me what turned out to be one of the most incredibly fun jobs I’ve had yet.

Adventure Time

I drew some Adventure Time stuff recently. It was a lot of fun, immersing myself in that world for a bit! I could draw those trees forever. Thanks to Pen and Natasha for providing feedback as I worked on this.


I just spent five extremely busy and exciting days in Los Angeles. And I’m gonna tell you all about that in a minute. First I wanna show you this…

The new issue of MAD Magazine is now out there in the wild, waiting for you to buy it! Issue #510! And I’ve got a comic in there! My first time in MAD! A few of my cartoonist pals are in there too, right along with legends like Sergio Aragonés and Al Jaffee. It’s a gosh dang honor and I still can’t quite believe it!

Okay! Moving on: Los Angeles! What a place! I went up last Friday afternoon and was there until Tuesday afternoon. I stayed in Burbank with Natasha Allegri, one of my very best cartoonist friends. I’ve known Natasha for a long time now, literally since we were both teenagers. We both used to post little journal comics on livejournal. Now she draws comics and works on the show Adventure Time at Cartoon Network and I’m drawing comics and illustrations full-time.

When I got up there on Friday, Natasha met me at the train station. I went with her to Cartoon Network studios. I goofed around and watched cartoons and doodled while she finished up some work.

That night I tagged along to celebrate the birthdays of several people that work on various Cartoon Network shows, one of those people being Natasha. It was an absolute pleasure getting to meet and hang out with so many delightful (and talented) people! I’d attempt to list and link to all the wonderful people I met and talked to but I’d surely forget someone and would feel terrible about it later. I will say thanks to Adventure Time production assistant Patrick Seery (it was his birthday too!) and his brother Chris for driving Natasha and I to and from the festivities and thanks to the incredible John Pham for his wisdom.

On Saturday Natasha and I met up with Pendleton Ward (creator of Adventure Time) and David C. Smith (Adventure Time storyboard revisionist) at Pen’s house.

Pen made me play video games with him. I’m not sure what game we were playing (I’m extremely out of the loop when it comes to video games) but we were working together to kill zombies. I wasn’t that great at it but it was awesome and fun regardless.

We then went to Griffith Park and had lunch at the Griffith Observatory, which was really cool!

A million thanks to David for playing tour guide and showing me around! Afterwards Natasha and I spent the rest of the day hanging out with Pen. We went to The Dresden (one of the bars featured in the movie Swingers) and doodled for a while. Here’s a picture of me, drawn by Pen…

After that we somehow we ended up going to see Re-Animator: The Musical, which was GREAT.

On Sunday I spent the day hanging out with my friends Zach Marcus, Becky Dreistadt and Frank Gibson. We hung out and laughed at terrible old tv shows. They also turned me on to A Town Called Panic. We watched the first 20 minutes or so of the movie and it was amazing. It’s been on my mind a lot since then. I’ll definitely be watching the rest very soon. Becky, Frank and Zach also took me on a walk around their neighborhood to Secret Headquarters and Vlad The Retailer. Both places were awesome. I picked up a few things at Secret Headquarters to read on the train back to San Diego. That evening we went to a BBQ at our friend Jamie Dee Galey’s house. I hadn’t seen Jamie in years! Thanks to Jamie and his lady Katie for a super pleasant evening and to Becky, Frank and Zach for hanging out and showing me around their ‘hood!

Monday was an extremely busy day for me! This whole trip wasn’t simply for fun. The main reason for the trip was top secret meetings. I had not one, not two, but THREE different meetings with different people to go to on Monday and then another one on Tuesday. I don’t want to reveal anything about any of the meetings quite yet but I will say that both Monday and Tuesday were very thrilling and surreal.

Monday wasn’t just meetings though! That night Natasha and I went down to Hollywood with Thaddeus Couldron (who worked on some my favorite scenes in the Spongebob Squarepants movie and is now working on an upcoming Cartoon Network show). We drank beers and talked about comics and cartoons. After my meeting on Tuesday I spent a little more time goofing off with Natasha in the Adventure Time studios before heading back down to San Diego. Here’s Natasha working on Adventure Time stuff…

One of the highlights of Tuesday was realizing that the new issue of MAD Magazine was out and then dashing out of Cartoon Network and running to a magazine shop in Burbank to see it. I bought two copies even though I knew there would be a few copies waiting for me in the mail at home.

Thanks again to Pen, David, Thaddeus, Patrick, Becky, Frank, Zach, Jamie, and Katie for either hanging out, showing me around town, feeding me, or all of the above. Extra special thanks to the delightful people that took time out of their busy schedules to meet with me (you know who you are)! And most of all a super mega double fancy THANK YOU to Natasha and her roommate Amanda Thomas (who works on Cartoon Network’s Regular Show!) for letting me sleep on their couch and stink up their apartment for five days.

Woo! This post is longer than I intended it to be. Time to go back into my drawing cave to work on MY BOOK! I really like saying that. MY BOOK.