Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Missing in Action

This piece vanished somewhere between Montana and the UK. I've never had original art get lost in the mail before. It feels weird. Where ever this piece ends up, I hope it has a good life.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

signing at Shakespeare & Co!






















I'll be at Shakespeare & CO in Missoula, MT, this Tuesday the 25th at 7pm Signing copies of The Understanding Monster, books 1&2. Find out more HERE!

Friday, November 21, 2014

First Friday open studio!

I'll be opening the doors to my studio here in Missoula, MT on the first Friday in December.  The walls will be filled from floor to ceiling with art, I'll have books, zines and prints for sale, I'll be doing some live drawing and playing records from albums I've made the art for. This is the first unveiling of my new space and it fulfills my promise to present my work to the public before the end of the year as part of receiving The Artists Innovation Award this past January.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Thank You!

A huge thanks you to everyone who picked up copies of The Understanding Monster book Two at Grumpy Bert, Comic Arts Brooklyn, and Short Run over this past week! Here's an extra special sneak peek at the cover to Book 3!!!

Reviewed at Festival Season

Jason Viola at Festival Season wrote a thoughtful review exploring how Books 1 and 2 of The Understanding Monster build off of each other. It feels like a great privilege whenever someone engages with my work in this way. Thanks, Jason. You can read the review HERE.

The Future!

It's been a crazy awesome couple of weeks and I'm barely keeping up! The Understanding Monster, book two had an official release signing at Grumpy Bert in Brooklyn on the 6th and I joined my publisher, Secret Acres at  Comic Arts Brooklyn on the 8th. Then I was at the Short Run Comics Festival in Seattle on the 15th. I'm thankful and amazed that I got to spend time with so many incredible people. More pictures and news to come!

Live drawing with Dan McCloskey

I had a great time being part of Dan McCloskey's Live Drawing project when he was in town a couple of weeks ago. Here's the drawing I did. I'll have to go back and finish it soon. Dan is on the road working on a book project and meeting up with artists along the way. You can see the recording of us drawing together and chatting HERE.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Cubee Craft!

Everyone who picks up The Understanding Monster, book 2 at the official release party at Grumpy Bert on the 6th and at the Comic Arts Brooklyn Festival on the 8th and 9th will get one of these cut and fold Cubee Craft characters, while supplies last! I'll, of course also be drawing something nice in each and every copy as well!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Review at Sequential State

There's a thoughtful and interesting review of The Understanding Monster, Book 2 over at Sequential State. I felt like there was some good insight into what I'm trying to explore and understand about my own subconscious and creativity in these books. It's been hard to talk about this series and convey just how personal and important it is to me. Nice to see that people are getting it in their own way!

Comic Arts Brooklyn Festival

The Understanding Monster, Book Two is officially debuting at The Comic Arts Brooklyn Festival on November 8th and 9th. I'll be at the Secret Acres table all weekend!

Live Drawing

Tomorrow at 3:00pm MST, I'll be doing an hour of spontaneous drawing in my studio with artist, Dan McCloskey, which will be live streaming on his website. You can tune in and even ask us questions and interact. It should be a fun time. I've never done anything quite like this before. You can find out the details HERE!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Affirmation drawing


Pre CAB party






















I'm going to be in Brooklyn for the Comic Arts Brooklyn (CAB) Festival! Here's the flyer for the Pre-CAB party co-hosted by my publisher, Secret Acres and some other excellent small presses. My book The Understanding Monster, book 2 is debuting this weekend and I'm super excited to be able to attend!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Cicada Magazine

I just got contributor copies of Cicada Magazine Vol. 17, No. 2 in the mail. I drew a two page Haunted House Navigation comic for it. I love doing work like this

Sunday, October 26, 2014

newspaper drawing

I was waiting with a sleeping baby with only the Sunday paper and a ballpoint pen at my disposal. I suppose I could've read the paper, but I was restless to draw. It ended up being a fun drawing exercise.

lost and found

I just found this little hand bound book of drawings I'd forgotten about while I was digging through a stack of art, in search of something else.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Quiet Visitors

I Just put this little piece up for sale on my Etsy Shop.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SpongeBob #37

I got my contributor copies of SpongeBob #37 in the mail. Dave Stewart did an amazing job on the colors. It's the first time my comics have ever been colored by someone who isn't me and it feels pretty crazy to have one of the best in the industry end up doing it. I had a ridiculous amount of fun getting to draw a SpongeBob comic. Hopefully I'll get to do more someday.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Pre-order

You can now pre-order copies of The Understanding Monster, Book 2 from the Secret Acres shop: HERE

woodcuts galore!

I've been in the woodshop preparing a huge batch of new woodcuts to prepare for a show at the Giant Robot gallery in LA in late February. I'm trying to make it my biggest and best art show yet. I've got to get all the cutting done before it gets too cold to work in my garage! Here's a detail from a little piece I did some inks on yesterday.

Best American Comics 2014


So nice to get my copy of Best American Comics 2014 in the mail. It's an honor to have an excerpt from The Understanding Monster, book one included alongside so much incredible work. And it feels like nice timing to have The Understanding Monster, book two coming out in just a few short weeks!

Reading


 My friend Tony Gregori took these photos of me reading one of my new comics at Shakespeare and Co last week in Missoula, MT. I was trying out a new way of presenting comics: holding up big printouts of the panels as I read. I also wore my special hand drawn "reading glasses".  It was fun. My friend Josh Wagner also read from his excellent upcoming novel "Shapes The Sunlight Takes". It was a great afternoon!

Monday, October 13, 2014

animation cells

I jumped into drawing some animation cells for an art show of automated flip books coming up in late November at Grumpy Bert, Brooklyn. I think I'm going to keep at it. I've wanted to do animation for a long time.

Treasury of Mini Comics, Volume Two!

I'm thrilled to have my long out of print Art Zine, Thought Cloud Shrines included in the upcoming Treasury of Mini Comics, Volume Two, published by Fantagraphics. It's going to be out early 2015!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I drew a SpongeBob comic!























I had a blast drawing this 10 page story for SpongeBob comics #37. It's out now! Written by Derek Drymon, colored by Dave Stewart, edited by Chris Duffy.

Book release in Brooklyn!






























I'm excited to be having a book release party and signing in Brooklyn on the evening of November 6th. You can find out more HERE!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

portrait of a Bengin

From the Art show, Imaginary Facts About Monsters, featuring artist's interpretations of the monster filled notebook created by 9 year old, Asa Smetanka.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Facts About Made Up Monsters

9 year old, Asa Smetanka filled an entire notebook with monsters of his own invention, complete with interesting names and startling abilities. A group of artists were asked to do their own interpretations of creatures from Asa's notebook. It was a lot of fun being part of this. Mine's the yellow guy in the orange sweater on the left. It's called a Bengin. It's a good monster but has also been known to choke people. The show opens Fiday the 3rd at The Zootown Arts Community Center in Missoula, MT from 5-7:30 pm. Find out more HERE!

S!

My contributor copies of S! #18 arrived, hot off the presses from Latvia. Such a beautifully produced book and so many great artists. You can obtain copies HERE!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Chicago Tribune reviews The Understanding Monster, book 2!























This was a really interesting write up. You can read it HERE!

The book is out Early November.

Space ship brain


Thursday, September 25, 2014

First review

The first review for The Understanding Monster has come in from Re-view Media. I found it both funny and interesting. You can read it HERE. I've never heard the word "weird" used so many times in a review. Just for the record, nothing in these books is weirdness for weirdness sake. It really made me think about how people perceive my work, verses what it personally means to me. It's all pretty fascinating to me. At some point, I'll have to write more in depth about the logic and thought behind this story. In the meantime, it's fun getting to hear what people make of it.

Monday, September 22, 2014

S! is here!

S! (the Baltic Comics Magazine) #18 is now in print! Here's a sneak peek at the 12 page comic I drew for it. You can order copies HERE. The preview of the other artist's work I saw looks incredible. It's pretty thrilling to have work in one of my all time favorite publications. Can't wait to get this in the mail.

Mystery Mark on the streets



I had a good time at Sunday Parkways yesterday signing copies of the Mystery Mark book in front of Fact and Fiction with my collaborator, Josh Wagner while Jeff Medley and Skye Bennett, dressed as Mark and Clay got up to all kinds of mischief.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Multi-Dimensional Time-Code

I just put this original abstract piece up for sale on my Etsy Shop.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hello again

Another panel from the three page, wordless Hello Kitty comic I drew for the book Hello 40, celebrating her 40th birthday.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

HELLOhelloHELLOhello

I was asked to draw a 3 page, wordless Hello Kitty comic for the book, "Hello 40" celebrating her 40th birthday. It was a lot of fun.

Cosmic Pharaoh Travel Suit for sale.

I've put some more original art up for sale on my Etsy shop including this detailed woodcut piece.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hey, Don't Worry about it























A page from The Understanding Monster, Book Two!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Mystery Mark film

I film version of the Mystery Mark theatrical production is being shot out in the woods today. Wish I could be there. The photos I've seen look great!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Snappy Pete!

One of five new woodcuts up for sale on my etsy shop.

Lucky Caterpillar Hog

One of five new woodcuts up for sale on my Etsy Shop.

A new and very different kind of cowboy.

One of five new woodcut pieces up for sale on my Etsy Shop.

Howling Leaf Dog

One of five new woodcut pieces up for sale on my Etsy Shop.

Dream Activity Spirit

This is one of five new woodcuts I've just put up for sale on my Etsy shop!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Skeleton Spy

This super limited silk screen print is being mailed off to some of the kind folks who supported the Mystery Mark Kickstarter. Te few extras will be made available soon.