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Summer Time

Hi, friends! It’s been a little while since I’ve updated this thing. It’s been a busy couple of months! I spent half of the month of May on the road, with visits to New York City, Syracuse, and Toronto. My first book, CRYING IN FRONT OF YOUR DOG AND OTHER STORIES, debuted at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival in May, which was awesome. TCAF is always wonderful and having a book come out at the festival only made it better. After that I was back in San Diego for just two weeks before I packed everything up and moved back to upstate, NY. Anyways, let’s get down to the nitty gritty.

The first important thing I have to tell you about is that both of my new books are now available online! CRYING IN FRONT OF YOUR DOG AND OTHER STORIES can be purchased from the Grimalkin Press website and BENIGN KINGDOM: PHIL McANDREW can be purchased from the Benign Kingdom website. Please, do yourself a favor and go order these if you haven’t already! Both books came out beautifully, even better than I’d hoped they would.

Next thing: Up above, at the start of this post, is the variant cover I drew for the upcoming ADVENTURE TIME SUMMER SPECIAL comic book. It should be hitting stores towards the end of this month, I think. Thanks to Shannon Watters at BOOM! Studios for letting me do another fun cover illustration job. I’m pretty darn proud of this one. You can click the image to see a slightly larger version.

This next thing (above) is a limited edition print that Grimalkin Press will be giving out along with every copy of CRYING IN FRONT OF YOUR DOG AND OTHER STORIES that was pre-ordered. So if you pre-ordered a copy of my book through Grimalkin Press, you’ll be getting one of these. The prints won’t be available anywhere else ever again!

The George W. Bush National Monument! I drew this for the fun of it.

This little portrait is of course of another villain: Jay Leno. This is on one of several bonus cards that I wrote and illustrated for the Machine of Death card game that is coming out (I think) later this summer. The bonus cards were an incentive for people that supported the project on Kickstarter.

Here is a drawing of a naked butt and a mosquito. I drew this for a little zine about bugs that my brother and our friend Brett are putting together.

Last but not least, I drew this for my friend Meg Hunt, for her upcoming JOIN TOGETHER show in Portland, OR. I’ll have more details on that for you later!


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!


Hello! How are you?

I’ve been extremely busy! Working on a few different TOP SECRET things. The image up above is just a tiny glimpse at part of something much larger. Something TOP SECRET.

I wanted to let you guys know, especially my Toronto friends, about an art show coming up really soon. My Krampus illustration will be included in the KRAMPUSNACHT 2010 show at the Resistor Gallery. It opens this Thursday (December 2nd). All the information on that is here! You should definitely check it out if you can! And maybe buy my painting! That would be so cool!

Phil & Phil

A little doodle from this past weekend in Toronto. Canzine was a blast! Thanks so much to everyone that stopped by, to the Broken Pencil people for hosting a great show (loved the new venue), to Annie K for dinner and fun, to Aviv for letting me tag along on Monday, and most of all to Vicki and Britt for being the best table mates and for letting me sleep on their couch for the millionth time.

Image stolen from blogto.com!Vicki is totally man enough. (photo stolen from this article!)


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!

Kickass Annie + Canzine!

Annie Koyama of Koyama Press asked me to do a version of the Koyama Press “Kickass Annie” logo. Here it is!

Annie is a sweet lady and one of my biggest supporters. You guys should go and buy everything she’s published, not just because I think she’s great, but because the books she puts out are really, really terrific. She’s publishing some of the best people in comics right now. I look forward to seeing Annie again next weekend at Canzine…

Oh yeah! I’ll be in Toronto next weekend! For Canzine! I’ll be there with loads of mini comics, screen-printed shirts, original art, and other goodies. It’s going to be a fun time! Definitely come check it out, if not to see me, then definitely to see my favorite Canadians, Vicki and Britt.

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!

Comforting Woody Allen

Comforting Woody Allen

Hello there!

The MoCCA Fest was awesome. Best MoCCA I’ve been to yet. I had a blast talking to everyone. I got to spend some time with some of my good pals. It was a great weekend in every way.

I’m really excited right now though because I just found out that I’ve been added as an exhibitor at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival next month! I love Toronto and I love a ton of the people that are going to be there. In all my excitement I decided to try to get a new mini comic done for the show, which is just a short three weeks away (sneeky peek up above).

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!