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I will be at the Small Press Expo (or SPX as it is known) in Bethesda, Maryland this weekend, September 14 and 15. You?ll be able to find me either sitting behind or hiding under table W38B, which can be located with this handy guide. I will have copies of my book (pictured above) and lots of other books and comics and drawings and assorted items. Please come say hello if you?re in the area.


Hello! I’ve got a little illustration in the new issue of MAD (issue #520). It should be in stores NOW!

Also: I’ll be one of many *special guests* at Emerald City Comicon in Seattle, WA next weekend, March 1 - 3. Come find me with the rest of the Benign Kingdom crew at tables F12 - F16, where we’ll be debuting the spring 2013 art books (one of which is mine!). I’ll also have some original art with me and hopefully some copies of the Adventure Time and Bravest Warriors comics that have my art on the cover.

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.

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.

Come In, Bald Eagle

Come In, Bald Eagle is a comic I drew back in 2008 for the third and final volume of the You Ain’t No Dancer anthology books that New Reliable Press published. That book is now out of print and New Reliable Press isn’t publishing anymore so I figured I might as well go ahead and stick this story up on the website.

Some notes about this story:

  • The first draft that I thumb-nailed out was over twenty pages long. The version that I ended up drawing is only eight pages long.
  • One of my friends used to work as an assistant to an eccentric old stamp dealer. Part of her job was scanning in extremely rare, valuable stamps so that they could be sold on the internet. She’d occasionally email me the scans of some of the more interesting stamps, one of them being a stamp that was in fact sent on an envelope from the Titanic. Mary’s code name, Penny Red, is also a reference to stamp collecting.
  • The movie Charade was a major inspiration for this comic.
  • One of my best friends has been listed in my phone under the code name Bald Eagle for as long as I’ve had a phone.
  • The Living Sea is a real book by Jacques Cousteau. It’s great, you should read it.
  • All of the buildings you see in this comic are based on real buildings on Marshall Street in Syracuse, NY. My old stomping grounds.
  • I forgot to draw eyebrows on certain characters in at least two different panels. How embarrassing!
  • I originally planned to draw more comics about Mary and Steven (or Penny Red and Bald Eagle). Maybe I still will!?
  • The two main characters, Mary and Steven, are supposed to be in their mid-twenties, though they seem to be living in a perpetual childhood.
  • I haven’t yet decided if I’ll include this in my book or not.
REMINDER! I’m going to be reading some comics out loud, both old ones and new ones, on a stage in front of a bunch of people. This is happening THIS THURSDAY here in San Diego, California!
More details can be found here!
And hey! The San Diego Comic-Con is happening this week. I’m not going to be exhibiting but I’ll be there, probably every day, wandering around!


Another peek at something that will be in my upcoming book. I’m really having a lot of fun working on this book, if you can’t tell.

I recently answered some interview questions for ReadersVoice.com. The interview is now online and you can read it right over here. I talk about books and some other stuff.

Reminder: I’ll be reading at this big huge event next week in San Diego, California. Please come! I’ll probably read a couple old comics and a few new ones.

Upcoming Appearance!

As previously teased, world-famous cartoonist David King and I have organized this big huge event. If you’re in San Diego or plan to visit for Comic-Con you should absolutely come!


My pal David King and I have been working hard to organize this event. It’ll coincide with the world famous San Diego Comic-Con. More details to come!

Study Group Interview + Dr. Seuss Tribute Show

Hello friends!

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Zack Soto for the amazing Study Group blog. It’s one of the larger interviews I’ve done. Here’s the little introduction that Zack wrote:

I’ve been following Phil McAndrew’s career with interest for several years. I think he was still in art school in New York when I found his drawings on LiveJournal. His funny, comfortable illustrations were consistently one of the highlights of my LJ feed then. He’s only gotten better, adding a proficiency with watercolors to his artistic arsenal and refining his “voice.” I caught up with Phil to talk about drawing, pizza, the short story, Mad Magazine, the life of the freelance artist, and his upcoming comics collection. -ZS

Read the rest over here!

Oh! Also! That Dr. Seuss tribute show I contributed to is opening this weekend at Gallery Nucleus. I don’t think I’m going to be able to make it up to LA for the opening, but I wish I could. It’s going to be pretty awesome. You should go and take a bunch of pictures for me.

And just so this blog post isn’t totally without images, here’s a peek at something I’m working on. My first animated GIF ever, and it’s for an actual job!

Wonderful Noises

I was lucky enough to be asked to contribute to an upcoming show at Gallery Nucleus, Look At This, Look At That: A Tribute to Dr. Seuss. My contribution, up above, was inspired by the great Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? (click the image to see a larger version)

As I’m sure is the case with literally millions of people, Dr. Seuss has a special place in my heart. I have very distinct memories of laying on the floor and reading Dr. Seuss books with my dad as he taught me how to read. My brothers and I used to play Hop On Pop for real and I spent a lot of time obsessively drawing imaginary creatures after reading If I Ran The Zoo (I still have my extremely tattered copy here on the shelf next to my desk). And of course the illustrations of Seuss have had a huge impact on me throughout my life. When I moved to San Diego a little over a year ago, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that this was the city that Dr. Seuss called home (after having been here for a while I can’t help but see the influence of this area’s bizarre landscapes in his work).

I’m not yet sure if I’ll be able to make it up to L.A. for the opening, but you should definitely go!