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Caption Contest WINNER!


“I’d totally rescue her if I had a bathing suit on.”
- Mark Austin


“My socks are all wet.”
- smotheredrainbows on tumblr

“So this is what’s left of the polar ice caps.”
- aiminginthedark on tumblr

“Well, I have to fall for this.”
- Timothy J. Reynolds

George and Tom were sad to see them go, but they both knew that releasing the boobies back into the wild was the right thing to do.
- Meighan

Good job everyone! I’ll be getting in touch with the winner and mailing some goodies his way. I’d like to do this again soon, so stay tuned!


Hello friends! I am going to try something out here… a New Yorker-style CAPTION CONTEST! Here are the rules…

  1. FIRST: write up 1-3 funny captions for the cartoon up above!
  2. THEN: send them to me along with your name. You can email your caption(s) to me. My email address is phil AT philintheblanks DOT com. Please write “Caption Contest” in the subjext line. That will help me keep track of your entry and prevent it from getting buried in my inbox, which can be a bit of a jungle at times.
  3. You can enter up to THREE different captions for this cartoon. They don’t have to be dry “New Yorker” style captions, but they can be! I’m really just looking for funny captions. They can be dry, ridiculous, dark, absurd, weird, stupid, sexy… just have fun and try to come up with something genuinely funny.
  4. I’m not going to make anyone do this, so it isn’t reallllly a rule, but I’d sure appreciate it if, after entering, you posted a link to my website on your tumblr or twitter or blog or facebook or whatever internet social networking site floats your boat.
  5. The deadline is OCTOBER 31st! End of the month! HALLOWEEN! I’ll be reading through all the entries on November 1st and picking some winners.
  6. The number one ultra grand prize winner will get a prize in the mail. I’ll share the winning caption and a bunch of honorable mentions right here on my blog.

If this first caption contest goes well and everyone has fun then I will probably start doing this on a semi-regular basis, maybe one a month or something like that.


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!

This Dude Has So Many Girlfriends 2

A new Feral Pizza cartoon for you to enjoy! Click the image to see a larger version.

You’ve still got just over a week to get your drawings in for The 2010 International Beard & Mustache Illustration Championship Competition! Details are here! Thanks to everyone that has been reblogging, retweeting, or sharing Feral Pizza! You guys are so cool.

The Congressional Medal of Pizza

What!? A weekend Feral Pizza update!? INSANITY.

I’m planning to start doing more than one Feral Pizza cartoon a week. We’ll see how it goes. I hope you’re excited. I’ve set up an official tumblr feed for Feral Pizza, for all you people that like to enjoy things on tumblr. Reblog!

Hey! Don’t forget about The 2010 International Beard & Mustache Illustration Championship Competition! You’ve still got loads of time to draw something for it, but don’t dilly dally! Some really incredible drawings have already been submitted!

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!

Feral Pizza Mini Comic Giveaway WINNERS

Using a series of very complicated scientific formulas, I’ve determined the three mini comic giveaway winners!




Congratulations! You’ve won! Please shoot me an email with your name and mailing address.

The rest of you: Better luck next time! Thanks to everyone that participated! Try not to take this too hard! I’d hate to see you moping around like this guy…

This Guy Just Found Out He's Allergic To Popsicles

Picture Book Report Update!

At Last She Found A Bed That She Considered Perfectly Wonderful

I made an epic post over on Picture Book Report this morning! I had two months worth of material to share, having missed my April posting date because of computer problems. It’s okay now though! I bought myself a new computer and holy smokes, it is wonderful. However! I’m now very, very poor. I mean I was pretty poor before, but the amount of money in my bank account is now frighteningly low. So before we continue on to the fun stuff in this post, I present you with a humble plea!

If you’re an art director, editor, publisher, or person who has the ability to hire illustrators: Consider hiring me to draw something for your project or publication? I’d really, really appreciate it!

Okay! Fun stuff! My Picture Book Report illustration for the month of April (up above) was a lot of fun to work on, though I definitely owe an enormous THANK YOU to my pal Vicki Nerino for her constant advice and input throughout the process. It wouldn’t have turned out as neat as it did without her help.

Something I don’t think I’ve mentioned anywhere is that I actually went down to New York in January to visit some friends. While I was down there I spent a day exploring the Met (where most of From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is set). I took a few hundreds pictures with my phone, planning to use them for reference later. It was great! I knew I’d want to do an illustration dealing with the bed they sleep in at some point but I wasn’t sure which bed it was that was actually described in the story. So I just took pictures of every bed I could find in the museum.

More recently I found this little article that E. L. Konigsburg actually wrote for the museum. The article reveals that the bed she describes in the book isn’t actually on display anymore! So I ended up basing the drawing more off of my own mental image of what she describes in the book and a few  additional photos I found online of beds from the same time period.

Here are a few in-progress shots!

Here’s what the finished line work looked like before I painted it…

The one part I really struggled with (and where Vicki really helped me) was in deciding what direction I wanted to go in with the colors. I made a bunch of really awful digital color roughs but after getting some input from Vicki I did one more, using only blue.

After that it was just a matter of sitting down and painting!

For the month of May I decided to try something a little different. I knew right from that start that at some point I wanted to do a bunch of little spot illustrations rather than one big one. I was a little bit short on time this month and the next big illustration I have planned depicts a crucial moment in the story. I didn’t want to give that scene a rush treatment so I decided to do those spot illustrations this month.

The New York Times

Newspapers and I have a long history together. My dad has been a newspaper reporter as long as I’ve been alive. I was first exposed to comics thanks to newspapers. I interned in a newspaper art department for two consecutive summers when I was in college. I’ve just got an intense love for this form of media that is now, sadly, really struggling to stay alive. Anyways, this little drawing might not look like it was the most exciting thing to draw, but I enjoyed every moment of it. The headlines, which are intentionally obscured by the size of the image, are a mix of well researched and accurate to the year the book was written (1967) and completely made up and silly. I borrowed names from some of my pals for the bylines. Ryan Pequin, Meg Hunt, Britt Wilson: you’ve all written articles for the front page of this fictional incarnation of The New York Times. I used my dad, Mike McAndrew, for one of the articles too.

Check out the other two spots over at Picture Book Report!

Before I end this epic blog post, I want to remind everyone that I’m giving away the last few copies of my FERAL PIZZA mini comic! You’ve got until the end of the day tomorrow (Friday) to put your name in for a chance at winning!

I should also mention that I am in fact still working on commissions that people ordered a while back. I’ve understandably had a few people email me, wondering when they’ll get their drawing in the mail. I fell way behind on them as I was busy preparing for MoCCA and SPX over the last few months but I’m going to try very hard to work my way through the pile now that convention insanity is over with for me until the fall.

Thanks for reading!

Feral Pizza Mini Comic GIVEAWAY!

Hello! I haven’t posted here in a few weeks and for that I apologize. TCAF was amazing! Thanks to everyone that came by and bought something, traded, or just said hi! It was perhaps the most fun I’ve had at an event yet. And I am a guy that tends to have fun at events!

I’d also like to thank the kind folks of Drawn!, specifically John Martz, for saying some very nice things about my work. Hello to any new readers that may have wandered over here as a result!

I’ve had a few people send emails, asking if I’ll be making my new Feral Pizza mini comic available to purchase online. Unfortunately, I’m almost out of them! I came home from TCAF with only a few left. I probably won’t be re-printing it until later this year when I do my second round of conventions (SPX and, hopefully, Canzine).

Rather than selling these last few copies to the highest bidders, I’m going to give them away! I’ll be pulling three names out of a hat. All you’ve got to do to get your name in the hat is comment on this very blog post! If you’re following this blog via livejournal or a reader of some sort, be sure to comment here on the actual blog. A week from today (Friday, May 28) I will pick three names out of a hat and announce the winners. Be sure to check back and see if you’ve been picked! And PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!

Also, be sure to check in on Picture Book Report next Thursday! I’ll be sharing a bunch of neat stuff. Here’s a tiny peek…

sneeky peek

The Contest Winners!

First and most important thing: THANK YOU! Thanks so much! Thanks to everyone that drew something for the contest! And thanks to everyone that linked to the contest!

This was a really tough contest to judge. There were some fantastic entries, all of them very different. I had such a hard time, in fact, that I decided there would not be two winners, but THREE! Gasp! I picked two winners myself just based on which ones I liked the best and then drew one from a hat.

BIG WINNER NUMBER ONE: Pink Flamingos by Vicki Nerino

One of my two favorites came from my good friend, Vicki Nerino. I’m an enormous fan of her work and this drawing is no exception! I have seen Pink Flamingos (Vicki actually made me watch it a while back), and I’m not at all shocked she picked this scene to illustrate, knowing her personally. Anyways, I love this drawing. I am pretty certain Vicki already has copies of all my mini comics, tons of my original drawings, and even one of the shirts I screen printed. I have no idea what I’ll put in her prize package that she doesn’t already have! This is part of the reason I felt it would be okay to pick an additional big winner (aside from there being so many phenomenal drawings). Someone should get all these prizes!

BIG WINNER NUMBER TWO: The Third Man by Dustin Harbin

Dustin managed to get this BEAUTIFUL drawing done just before the deadline. And jeez, I am so glad he did! I haven’t seen The Third Man, but I did have it on my (ridiculously long) Netflix queue. It was number 348 on the list. Dustin’s drawing has prompted me to bump it up to number 3. Not only does this make me want to see The Third Man, this drawing makes me want to see Dustin draw a big long spooky mystery comic. Do it, Dustin!

BIG WINNER NUMBER THREE: Dune by Julia Gfrörer

Julia’s entry was picked out of the hat, but it was honestly one of the handful of drawings that I was very seriously considering as a winner anyways. I’ve spent some time snooping around Julia’s website and flickr stream since I first saw her entry. Lots of good stuff! Anyways, I have seen Dune. I actually just recently finished reading the book for the first time as well. I love Dune. I love Julia’s drawing. I’m glad she get’s to be one of the winners!

Thanks again to everyone that drew something! It was a lot of fun for me, I hope it was a lot of fun for you. Winners, I’ll be sending emails your way soon to get your mailing addresses. I’m sure I’ll do another contest at some point in the future. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go watch a movie.