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I’m hanging out in Syracuse, NY right now after an awesome few days in New York City. I had the pleasure of visiting the MAD Magazine offices and the First Second Books offices. I’ll write more about all this stuff later - right now I need to tell you that I’ll be in Toronto this weekend for the Toronto Comic Arts Festival! Lots of great things will be happening at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (aka TCAF)!

First thing: My book, CRYING IN FRONT OF YOUR DOG AND OTHER STORIES, will be debuting at the festival! I’ll be spending most of my time hanging out and signing copies at the Grimalkin Press booth. This is the first place anyone will be seeing and buying and reading actual copies of this book. It’s very exciting.

Second thing: Benign Kingdom will also be at TCAF! I’ll be visiting the Benign Kingdom booth to sign copies of my art book from time to time as well. I don’t know the official signing schedule yet, but keep an eye on my twitter feed for that info.

Third thing: I’ll be participating in a couple of events at TCAF! First, on Saturday, my friend David Huyck and I will be hosting a drawing workshop for kids at 10:30 am. Here’s a little info from the TCAF website:

Join children’s illustrator David Huyck (That One Spooky Night) and Mad Magazine cartoonist Phil McAndrew on how to make a face that sticks. Learn how to show emotions through facial expressions and body posture - make your characters pop off the page! What do the eyebrows say? And why the heck are the eyebrows talking in the first place?

Then, on Sunday at 4:00 pm, I’ll be one of several cartoonists participating in a live drawing event. Here’s the info on that:

Four creators enter, one creator leaves! Come watch four artists draw for their lives - and for your entertainment. Winners will feast on the souls of the losers (vegetarian option available). Featuring Phil McAndrew, Lucy Knisley, Jim Rugg, and Scott C.!

Both events are going to be awesome, I am pretty darn sure!

Fourth thing: I’ve got a comic in The Hic & Hoc Illustrated Journal of Humor, which will also be debuting at the festival!

I hope to see you in Toronto!


I’m currently working on three different book projects at the same time and I love it.

The first project is of course my book, which I’ve been working on for a little over a year now. I’m getting closer and closer to finishing it and am really happy and excited about all the new comics that are going into it. I’ve been posting little teasers (like the image up above) now and then over on twitter and tumblr. Last night I even posted an entire comic from the book. Sharing the whole thing just felt right. It’s about UNSPEAKABLE HORRORS and I felt like now was a good time to show this one to the world. Here’s the first panel (below), which you can click on to read the rest of the comic…

Here are a few in progress shots of pages from the book…

I’m currently on track to finish my book up in November.

The second book project I’m currently working on is for a large publisher. It’s not a project of my own creation, I’m just providing illustrations. It’s been a lot of fun so far and I’m working on it at a break-neck speed - I’m doing 45 illustrations from start to finish in just two months. I’ll be done with it at the end of October.

The third book project I’ve got on my plate is TOP SECRET! I don’t want to reveal anything about it yet. It’s really exciting though. Extremely exciting, even! I think all the details about this one will be revealed closer to the end of the year. I’ll be wrapping this up in mid-November.

Oh! Hey! SketchCamp San Diego is TOMORROW! I’ll be there, giving a little talk in the afternoon. Tickets to the event are sold out, but if you’re already registered to be there: See you tomorrow!

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!

ICEA Opening in Buffalo

My alma mater, Daemen College, is opening its new International Center for Excellence in Animation on Saturday (the 7th). I’ll have some work hanging at the opening, including the drawing up above. If you’re in or near Buffalo, NY, go check it out! It’s in Buffalo’s Tri-Main Center and it’s happening from 6-9 pm. There’s a ton more info here.

Sorry, San Francisco.

Hi there, friends. Just a quick update to let you guys know that I unfortunately will NOT be at the San Francisco Zine Fest this weekend due to an unexpected emergency.

(Don’t worry about me, I’m okay)


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!

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!

TCAF! This weekend!

The Important Meeting

I’ll be in Toronto this weekend to exhibit at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival! It’s my first time attending and I’m really excited (and I just love Toronto). I’ve been scrambling the past couple weeks to get a new mini comic done in time for the show and I’m happy to report that I printed them up this morning. Up above is another little peek at the new mini, which I’m calling FERAL PIZZA.

I recently answered some TCAF related questions for The National Post. You can read the whole thing here!

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!