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Hello friends! As I am writing this you only have 48 HOURS left to help fund the Benign Kingdom spring 2013 art book collection.

It’s going to be amazing. Do yourself a favor and get in on this!

And please, help spread the word!!!

Crying in Front of Your Dog and Other Books Too!

January! 2013! I’ve got lots of new things to show you and talk about!

The first big thing is that my very first book, CRYING IN FRONT OF YOUR DOG AND OTHER STORIES, is now available for pre-order! I’ve been working on it for a long time and it’s finally coming out this spring. The image up above is just one of many, many pages from the book (colored slightly just for the internet). Here’s a little info about the book from the Grimalkin Press website…

CRYING IN FRONT OF YOUR DOG AND OTHER STORIES by PHIL McANDREW - Over 200 pages of new and collected stories about life, death, love, ghosts, cats, time travel, humans, literature, fear, magic, evil organizations, happiness, television, secrets, dogs, loneliness, house plants, ancient dark rituals, pizza, failure, power, money, nature, government conspiracies, regret, the internet, horrifying monsters, awful jobs, wizards, the ocean, aliens, dads, kissing, crying and teeth.

All pre-orders come with a FREE limited edition print. This particular print will only be available as part of the pre-order deal and will not be available ever again once the pre-order ends.

Okay! The next big thing I have to tell you about is BENIGN KINGDOM!

I’ve got an art book coming out as part of the next Benign Kingdom collection! I couldn’t be more excited. If you don’t know, Benign Kingdom is “a creator-owned publishing project designed to showcase the art of independent comic creators…. the goal is to produce an individual art book for each artist but also manufacture a hardcover edition that collects all four of their individual books in one beautiful collection.”

The image up above is my cover illustration for my art book. The other three artists doing books for this set are Emily Carroll, Gigi D.G., and Tyson Hesse. They’re all amazing and you can snag the entire set of books for yourself or a friend right over here.

The third thing on the agenda is… REGULAR SHOW!

My friends over at BOOM! Studios asked me to draw a variant cover for the first issue of the new Regular Show comics that they’re publishing. I love doing these covers for BOOM! and I hope I get to do more. I don’t know when exactly the first issue comes out, but I do know that my friend KC Green is writing the comics and that is absolutely perfect.

Speaking of comic book covers, the Adventure Time cover that I drew last year was named the FOURTH BEST comic book cover of 2012 by ifanboy.com. Holy moly.

A Powerful Wizard Hires You As An Intern

BOOM. Another three pages of my book completed.

I just sent a peek out to my kickstarter backers. But if you follow me on twitter you might remember this short story from a while back.

Speaking of twitter! I revealed some big news over there a couple days ago…

I’ve got something in development with Cartoon Network. So that’s a thing I’m working on! To manage excitement: “in development” does not mean I’m going to have a tv show. It means if things go really well I might get to make a pilot episode and if that goes really well then MAYBE there will be a tv show. Whew! I’ve been sitting on that information for what feels like a decade!

The Book

I’m still chugging along, working hard on my book. This guy is the main character in one of the new stories in the book… sort of. My kickstarter backers can expect a more in depth peek at this story before the weekend.

Don’t forget to swing by Gallery Nucleus on Saturday night if you’re in the Los Angeles area!

Books On The Brain

Hello, friends! I’ve been keeping myself busy, working on new comics for my book. The image up above is one of several quick and sloppy test panels, trying to nail down the “look” for one of the new comics before I dive head first into the actual drawing. I drew this particular panel during a little video “hang out” I hosted on Google+, which I must admit, I’m really enjoying so far. You’re welcome to follow me over on Google+!

In addition to working on my book, I’ve decided to try to find a home for another book project. You may remember an article I wrote on this very blog about two months ago, Super Obvious Secrets That I Wish They’d Teach In Art School. A lot of people commented and sent emails suggesting that I expand that article into a full book. I think that would be fun! So, uh… anyone want to publish an expanded version of Super Obvious Secrets That I Wish They’d Teach In Art School, complete with illustrations and stuff? I should mention that it’s still getting 5,000 - 10,000 views a week and has hundreds of thousands of views total. I think a book version could do pretty well…

Someone pointed this photo out to me recently. Weird Al Yankovic reading the most recent issue of MAD Magazine. I wonder if he’s reading my comic!?

Photo yoinked from Weird Als twitter page.

Photo yoinked from Weird Al's twitter page.

Oh! Hey! The San Diego Comic-Con is happening next weekend! I won’t be exhibiting at it, but you might catch me wandering around or goofing off with some of my cartoonist pals. And it’s still a month and a half away, but I’m beginning to prepare for the San Francisco Zine Fest, which I will be exhibiting at! It’ll likely be the only convention or festival I exhibit at this year. It’ll also be my first time visiting San Francisco, so I’m pretty excited. I plan on bringing a bunch of prints and maybe even some shirts. If you’re in San Francisco or plan on attending the zine fest and there’s something in particular from my store that you’d like me to bring, please let me know soon!

David Foster Wallace for Newcity

A very, very quick portrait of David Foster Wallace drawn directly in ink for a review on his newly published book in Newcity, an alt-weekly paper in Chicago. Unfortunately the budget for this project didn’t allow me to spend much time on the illustration, but that almost made it more fun. I’d love to do more portraits in the future.

My kickstarter campaign has come to a successful end! My most sincere thanks to everyone who helped by pledging funds or linking to the project. I’ll officially begin working on the book next week. I’m extremely excited!

The Home Stretch

My friends! My kickstarter campaign to help fund the creation of my first book will be coming to an end in a mere 24 hours! Just 24 hours left to contribute some funds in return for a plethora of awesome rewards! Here I am, doing a celebratory dance:

Q&A Video + Pearly Whites Review

Back when the awesome people over at Kickstarter asked me to put together that director’s commentary for Are You Man Enough, they also had me do a little Q&A session. I chose to answer the questions with a video! My director’s commentary ended up being enough material for a pretty lengthy blog post so they didn’t run the video, but here it is now!

Speaking of kickstarter, as of the moment I am writing this there are only 60 hours left to help fund my first book! Every little bit helps!

I should also mention that there’s a really nice little review of my mini comic Pearly Whites (which will be included in my upcoming book) over on the Forbidden Planet blog. Here’s a nice little bit:

McAndrew’s line work is spare but expressive. This allows him to create lively, playful people that are rich with character without feeling overdrawn. Where I would normally complain about a lack of backgrounds, McAndrew skillfully pares down his staging to only the most important elements. A chair, a picture, and maybe a rug for the cat; his technique is economy-of-line at its best.

Continue reading the review here.

Five Things

Hello friends!

First of all: Thank you to everyone who has commented or sent messages regarding my last post! The response has been unexpectedly overwhelming (The number of views is over 105,000 110,000 and still growing) and really just incredible. I’m truly thrilled that so many people found some inspiration or encouragement in my simple advice. I’ve had people send messages asking for posters featuring the list of tips and rules. I will probably make this happen.

Second: There’s less than a week left to help fund the creation of my first book! The kickstarter campaign will come to an end on May 29th, which is this coming Sunday. I’ve already met my fundraising goal, but that doesn’t mean people aren’t still able to pledge money (every little bit helps!) and get awesome stuff in return such as original art, soon to be out of print mini comics, ongoing peeks at the book in progress, copies of the finished book, and loads of other fancy rewards.

Third: I do plan on putting some more little paintings and drawings up for sale soon. I’ll be sure to let you know here and on twitter when that happens. Stay tuned.

Fourth: Here are some tiny peeks at recent top secret projects. I wish I could show you more! They’re both really exciting…

Fifth: I’ve been adding new prints to my store! Shirts too!

Are You Man Enough: Director’s Commentary!

The awesome folks over at Kickstarter asked me to do a little “director’s commentary” sort of thing for one of my comics to be featured on the official Kickstarter blog. Naturally, I chose Are You Man Enough.

“The whole idea for this comic started when one of my cousins got married. My brother Tyler and I were hanging out at the wedding, drinking and joking around. We started talking about how boring weddings can be (for the record, the wedding we were at was actually a lot of fun) and how there’s got to be a more exciting way to display your love for someone… like you should have to perform some sort of amazing feat if you want to get married. An amazing feat to show the girl “I love you this much.” I want to attend that wedding ceremony. Defeat fifty guys in armed combat or jump over a swimming pool on a skateboard or… perform a really cool drum solo.”

Read the rest over on the Kickstarter blog!

Oh! And speaking of Kickstarter, you’ve still got a couple weeks to help fund the creation of my first book while getting awesome stuff in return like original art, soon to be out of print mini comics, fancy prints, copies of my upcoming book, and loads of other neat stuff.