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Are You Man Enough: Director’s Commentary!

The awesome folks over at Kickstarter asked me to do a little “director’s commentary” sort of thing for one of my comics to be featured on the official Kickstarter blog. Naturally, I chose Are You Man Enough.

“The whole idea for this comic started when one of my cousins got married. My brother Tyler and I were hanging out at the wedding, drinking and joking around. We started talking about how boring weddings can be (for the record, the wedding we were at was actually a lot of fun) and how there’s got to be a more exciting way to display your love for someone… like you should have to perform some sort of amazing feat if you want to get married. An amazing feat to show the girl “I love you this much.” I want to attend that wedding ceremony. Defeat fifty guys in armed combat or jump over a swimming pool on a skateboard or… perform a really cool drum solo.”

Read the rest over on the Kickstarter blog!

Oh! And speaking of Kickstarter, you’ve still got a couple weeks to help fund the creation of my first book while getting awesome stuff in return like original art, soon to be out of print mini comics, fancy prints, copies of my upcoming book, and loads of other neat stuff.

2010 International Beard & Mustache Illustration Championship Competition

First, here is this week’s Feral Pizza cartoon (click to enlarge)…

And on that note, I’m holding another CONTEST! A couple weeks ago I was contacted by the publishing company Lark Crafts. They said they had noticed my “exhibited affection for mustaches” and asked if I’d like a free copy of a new book that they’re publishing, Stache: Frivolous Facts & Fancies About That Space Between the Nose and Lip (by Terry Taylor). I of course said yes! They then asked if I’d like an extra copy to give away on my blog. To which I of course also said yes. And so, ladies and gentleman. Boys and girls. Wizards and jet-pack guys. I present to you The 2010 International Beard & Mustache Illustration Championship Competition.

WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO: To enter the contest you must simply draw a picture of someone with a beard or mustache. Post your drawing in the comment section of this very post. If you’re reading this via a reader or on livejournal or tumblr, please be sure to click through to my actual blog to post your drawing.

HOW DO I WIN: I won’t simply be picking the most attractive drawing. I want everyone to have a shot at this. I’m going to be looking for creativity! I want to see some TOTALLY WILD beards and mustaches! Make me laugh! Make me fall out of my chair in awe of the facial hair you’ve dreamed up!

THE PRIZE: One brand spanking new paperback copy of Terry Taylor’s Stache: Frivolous Facts & Fancies About That Space Between the Nose and Lip from Lark Crafts. I have not yet had a chance to sit down and read this book, but let me tell you: it is a NICE looking book. Plus it comes with mustache stickers. And some of the text and image on the cover are soft and fuzzy. This is a fancy book for a fan of fancy mustaches. I will also pick a couple honorable mentions who will receive print copies of my world famous mini comic Are You Man Enough?.

DEADLINE: The end of the day WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2010. That’s just over two weeks away from the date this was posted! So much time to draw!

READY SET GO! And spread the word!

If you’ve got any questions at all, don’t hesitate to ask!


American Mustache Institute <info@americanmustacheinstitute.org> to phil@philintheblanks.com 3:40pm


The American Mustache Institute salutes you for your “Are You Man Enough” cartoon.

Carry on.

The American Mustache Institute
(877) STACHE-1

Online: http://AmericanMustacheInstitute.org

ARE YOU MAN ENOUGH back in stock!

A few quick things! The Are You Man Enough? mini comics are now available again in my store. Pearly Whites mini comics will be available again within the next day or two. And just another reminder that tomorrow (Wednesday) is the last day I’ll be offering free shipping for my new prints! Swing by my store for more details on the prints or to place an order.
And hey! My pal Ed Brisson just launched a new store on the New Reliable Press website. From Ed’s twitter feed:

Help break in the new store. Code NEWSTORE gets 20% off New Reliable books til July 19!

For those that don’t know, I’ve drawn a few comics for New Reliable Press, all of which can be found in their terrific You Ain’t No Dancer anthologies.

Zach Prelewicz (and some news)

First, hello and welcome to anyone that might have found their way here via Journalista!

Next, a bit of news: By popular demand, I’ve reprinted the ARE YOU MAN ENOUGH? mini comics. They’re once again available in my store. This batch is limited to fifty copies, so grab one while they last. Also now available is YOU ARE SPECIAL TODAY, the EP that the band I play drums for recorded at the very beginning of this year.

Finally, here’s a new family portrait!

Zach Prelewicz

This is my cousin, Zach. I don’t have any neat dusty old photos or newspaper clippings about him. He’s current generation! He’s a pretty neat kid, but I will give you a few interesting bits of information about him: I’m pretty certain he owns more PEZ dispensers than anyone else in New York state. He once swallowed a live goldfish on a dare, and then puked it up 15 seconds later. It was still alive! His favorite movie is The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996 version).

okay, okay, we get it, you're not going to conform.

what exactly is she trying to prove?

For the record, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a few well placed bits of decoration on certain faces. Just don’t get carried away!

I hit a small bump in the road regarding reprinting Are You Man Enough? (some technical difficulties), but I think I’ll be able to work around it and should have another printing ready for consumption quite soon. Hang in there!



Doodled for the most recent DREAMO TEAMO challenge. Beware, it can hear our thoughts!

I now have everything I need to put together a second printing of Are You Man Enough?, so expect it to be available in my store again sooooooon.


JW writes:

Ok, “Are You Man Enough” has been sold out on your website for months. Ahem.

My own mustache can summon a motorcycle, but not a copy of your comic.

*waves money in your direction*

When can we expect some more copies up for grabs?

One of your many fans,



Dang! I feel like a chump now, and rightfully so! I’ve been an absolute slacker in regards to reprinting Man Enough.

I do plan to do another printing of the minicomic. In fact I am going to write a note right now, reminding myself to get the ball rolling tomorrow by ordering the necessary materials.

Thanks for giving me a friendly kick in the ass! I really do appreciate it.

- Phil!

Curated Webcomics Exhibit

A while ago I got an email asking if some of my comics could be included in a curated web-exhibit of comics. I just noticed that the exhibit has “opened”! It’s pretty neat and there are some really great comics featured in it and some that look really cool that I hadn’t previously heard of (though I’m pretty out of the loop these days when it comes to comics on the internet). Here’s a little blurb that the curator, John Mitchell, wrote about me:

In “Are You Man Enough?” cartoonist Phil McAndrew gets to the point — dads don’t want your daughters to marry you because they like you, they want them to marry you so they have competition in their never-ending quest to one up everyone around them and prove something. Continually. Into infinity. At least the guy in this story does and  his disdain for artists is something that plenty of other guys share. McAndrew hints that an artist not only has to play the game, but the make the game his own. Personal experience?

All this is related through McAndrew’s art style, which is both precisely primitive and often larger than life at the same time.

There’s a little Jules Feiffer in the guy, as exhibited in his strip “The Secret Thoughts of Harold Lawrence Windcrampe,”  and its hilarious expression of romantic self-loathing. Cruel to the point of hilarity, his “That Darn Cane” wastes no time in some old fashioned ageist humor that echoes an an earlier sincere slapstick era in magazine cartooning.

McAndrew’s site is well-worth a dive into.

There’s a nice little interview with each of the featured artists too. Mine can be found here. I think this is one of the better interviews I’ve had! I don’t think I come off as too much of a doofus.

A Good Year For Mustaches

Are You Man Enough? has been named as one of the top ten mini comics of 2008 by Shawn Hoke over on his awesome mini comics review blog, Size Matters. Thanks, Shawn!

“A felt mustache on the cover and a 5-page drum solo within? Yeah, that’s a 10 Best Mini.”

It also made Josh Blair’s list of favorite mini comics from 2008 over on the Candy Or Medicine blog. Thanks, Josh!

I’ve been a bit of a slacker in regards to getting the ball rolling with a second printing of Man Enough. Until I manage to get that going, you can read it online for free.

My trip to Boston a couple weeks ago was really awesome. The POP Euphoria opening in Worcester was great. I forgot to take my camera to the opening, but I did have it with me the rest of the weekend. I posted a bunch of pictures to my flickr account, mostly from the time I spent exploring Cambridge with some friends. If you’re ever in that area, be sure to stop by the Harvard Bookstore. I picked up a pile of graphic novels for a fraction of the price they usually cost. Here’s a picture I stole from my friend Rosy, taken on top of a mysterious tower we found while exploring Mount Auburn Cemetery near Harvard:

the tower
The POP Euphoria show is still hanging at the Aurora Gallery until January 17th, so even if you missed the opening event you can still go check out all the great art (and maybe buy one of my pieces?!)

I’m going to spend the next couple of days avoiding the mall and then I’ll be heading down to Philadelphia for Christmas, so if I don’t see you: have a fun holiday!