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.