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Phil & Phil

A little doodle from this past weekend in Toronto. Canzine was a blast! Thanks so much to everyone that stopped by, to the Broken Pencil people for hosting a great show (loved the new venue), to Annie K for dinner and fun, to Aviv for letting me tag along on Monday, and most of all to Vicki and Britt for being the best table mates and for letting me sleep on their couch for the millionth time.

Image stolen from blogto.com!Vicki is totally man enough. (photo stolen from this article!)


Hey guys! just a reminder that I’ll be in Toronto this weekend for CANZINE. Come find me! I look kind of like this…

Also! Some of my illustrations are now available as prints thanks to the folks over at Inprnt. They are super fancy and SUPER affordable. Buy some prints!

Kickass Annie + Canzine!

Annie Koyama of Koyama Press asked me to do a version of the Koyama Press “Kickass Annie” logo. Here it is!

Annie is a sweet lady and one of my biggest supporters. You guys should go and buy everything she’s published, not just because I think she’s great, but because the books she puts out are really, really terrific. She’s publishing some of the best people in comics right now. I look forward to seeing Annie again next weekend at Canzine…

Oh yeah! I’ll be in Toronto next weekend! For Canzine! I’ll be there with loads of mini comics, screen-printed shirts, original art, and other goodies. It’s going to be a fun time! Definitely come check it out, if not to see me, then definitely to see my favorite Canadians, Vicki and Britt.

Picture Book Report! Contest Winners! Naked People!

First, new illustrations for Picture Book Report!

You can read more about the illustrations over here! Next on the agenda: ANNOUNCING WINNERS of The 2010 International Beard & Mustache Illustration Championship Competition!

It was a super tough contest to judge. So many great entries! After lots of meticulous beard stroking and mustache curling, I’ve chosen a winner and two honorable mentions.

The winner: Irma Kniivila! Here’s her winning entry.

Honorable mentions: Ned Hugar! (his entry is here) and David Pemberton! (his entry here)

Congratulations! Winners, email me your mailing address asap! I’ve got prizes for you! And THANK YOU to everyone that entered! It was an enormous amount of fun to see so many great beards and mustaches!

Next item on the agenda: I drew some naked people!

I went figure drawing with my friend Jenny a few nights ago. I used to do this every week but haven’t gone in a few years. It was so fun! I want to get back into the habit of doing it every week. Anyways, here are a few of the pictures I drew. Straight to ink! Pencils are for chumps!

Last thing I want to mention: I will be exhibiting at SPX! It’s coming up soon! About two weeks from now! In Bethesda, MD! September 11th & 12th! I’ll talk more about it as we get closer to the dates! And heck, while I’m on the topic of conventions, I’ll be at Canzine in Toronto too! That’s in October!

Some Things!

Canzine 2009

Picture stolen from Britt Wilson!

Canzine was awesome this year! Thanks to everyone that came and said hello, traded comics, or bought comics. It was really cool to meet/see you all. I sold more mini comics than I expected to. I do still have some leftovers and will update my store accordingly sometime this week. I have loads of the new shirts left too, I hope some of you will buy them! I can’t wear all these shirts myself.

As much as I enjoyed Canzine, the real highlight of the trip (a highlight of the year, really) was just getting to spend a ton of time hanging out with my two hosts, Britt Wilson and Vicki Nerino. They are easily two of the best Canadians in Canada and two of the best illustrators/cartoonists I know. I’ve been extra bummed out the last two days just because I’m not still in Toronto having fun with them. I took lots of pictures on my phone but I can’t find the little card I use to get them off the phone. It’s okay though! Britt posted loads of her pictures here, along with all of the extremely gross drawings we did while lazing around their apartment (they’re seriously really really gross, please don’t look at them). We had some wild and crazy party times on Halloween. I visited The Beguiling for the first time ever but totally chickened out of giving them any of my own mini comics. I got to do a lot of walking around Toronto. Britt and Vicki fed me so well all weekend, I actually wondered at one point if they were just trying to fatten me up so that I could be cooked and devoured, maybe with some sort of maple sauce. Did you know they have MAPLE BACON in Canada? They do! I had no idea! Anyways, I’m feeling anxious and desperate for an excuse to go back up to Toronto. Here’s a picture I drew of Vicki and Britt while we were laying around their living room on Monday…

VIcki Nerino & Britt Wilson

I’d previously put a call out for a couch or floor to sleep on in Montreal for Expozine. Thanks so much to the handful of people that offered me a place to sleep! I’m really super grateful. Unfortunately, at this point I’m pretty certain I’m going to wuss out on Expozine. I’d really like to visit Montreal and see more of my Canadian comics pals, but my bank account is in sad shape right now and I can’t seem to find an easy or affordable way to get myself up to Montreal. I’d also probably have to print up some more mini comics and I really don’t want to do that again right now. Which brings me to my next thing!

I’m planning on taking a break from mini comics for a little while. I’m going to have a big sale soon, hopefully selling off what I’ve got left from Canzine, but once those are gone I’m not going to reprint anything for a while or put out any new minis. I’ve been gradually doing more and more conventions every year it seems and it’s getting to the point where I feel I need to have something more substantial than mini comics to sell. So I’m going to put some serious time and effort into making that happen. Long time readers might know that I’ve been writing and sketching and (very) slowly preparing to draw what I hope will be a big fat book for… over two years now. Don’t worry, I’m not going to drop off the face of the earth. At this point the plan is to share it all online as I work on it. I’ve talked about hunkering down and drawing this book a million times over the past two years, but I’m glad I’ve waited. Even after I thought I’d finished scripting the story out, it’s continued to grow and flesh out a lot in my mind and in my sketchbooks, especially over the last few months. I feel like I’m in a good place personally right now to finally sit down and draw this thing. I bought myself a new sketchbook in a little art supply store that we wandered into in Chinatown in Toronto. I think it’ll be just right for thumbnailing this thing out.

Hey there!

How are you? I’ve been keeping myself pretty busy! Shortly after SPX I spent a few days trying out for a story-boarding job. I’d never really story-boarded anything before, but I had a lot of fun with it. Up above you can see a terrible phone picture of some of my board pages spread out on my living room floor.

I’ve been doing a lot of writing and thumb-nailing the last couple weeks too. I’ve got some new comics in the pipes. I’ll try to post sneak peeks once I get into the drawing, but I make no promises. My own computer is still busted (I’m currently mooching my roommate’s computer).

But! The real reason for this update is to let you know that I’ll be exhibiting at the Salt City Urban Art & Craft Market this Saturday (the 24th) here in Syracuse. If you’re in the area, definitely check it out! I’ve spent a few hours each day this week hunched over a screen in a basement, printing up new shirts to sell. I’ll have all my mini comics and prints with me as well.

And! Next weekend I’ll be up in Toronto for Canzine. Canzine is just on Sunday the 1st, but I’ll be in town for a few days hanging out with my dear pals Vicki and Britt. Maybe I will bump into you as well, other Canadians? I’m super pumped!


I’ll be at Canzine in Toronto on Sunday, October 26th! Kim Hoang was nice enough to offer me a little bit of space at her table, so I’ll have everything you see here with me. Maybe a few copies of You Ain’t No Dancer 3 as well. See you this weekend, Toronto!