While I was in Seattle for the excellent indie comics festival, Short Run, I got to draw with some of my favorite people. These collaborative totems were made with Stefan Gruber, Andrice Arp, and Sean Christensen right before I had to catch a train to the airport.
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.
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!!!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
edition of 250, signed and numbered on heavy stock 18x24 paper.SOLD OUT!
18x24". limited edition of 200. signed and numbered. SOLD OUT!
Thought Cloud Shrines:
a hand made art zine SOLD OUT!
IL Paradiso Delgi Animali
I did the cover art for the Italian translation of The Heaven of Animals by David James Poissant, published by NN Editore.
Chase Scenes (comics anthology)
This is the 3rd comics anthology published by the Portland based publisher and performance venue, Gridlords. I did a 12 page story for it, plus drew the cover, end pages and title page. Edited by Sean Christensen.
Treasury of Mini Comics, Volume Two
Very excited to have all 32 pages of my long out of print Art Zine, Thought Cloud Shrines included in this historical servey of the strange and interesting world of self published, hand made comics. nearly 850 pages, published by Fantagraphics, edited by Michael Dowers. Cover by Esther Pearl Watson.
Imagination and Convention
I did the cover illustration for a philosophy book published by Oxford University Press
Little Nemo, Dream Another Dream
I drew a page for this giant, 16"x21" hardcover, Winsor McCay tribute book that was published by Locust Moon in Phillidelphia. Beautifully produced and filled with amazing artists paying tribute to one of the all time greatest cartoonists.
The Best American Comics 2014
An 8 page excerpt from The Understanding Monster, book one was included in this great anthology edited by Scott McCloud
S! (The Baltic Comics Magazine)
I drew a 12 page comic for S! #18. It's a beautiful anthology with contributors from all over the world. Cover by Davis Ozols
Trip Magazine #8
I drew a 10 page comic for this 360 page collection of international comics published by Editions Trip in Quebec, Canada. Cover by Tin Can Forest.
Spongebob Comics #37
I drew a 10 page SpongeBob comic! It was fun! Written by Derek Drymer, colored by Dave Stewart, and edited by Chris Duffy.
Awesome free comics newspaper published by my friends over at Neoglyphic Media in Bellingham,WA.
I have two pages of stream of conscious comics in this free newspaper published by Neoglyphic Media
The Missoula independent Comix Issue:
I drew the cover and a half page story for the Indy's first ever Comix Issue
I did a 10 page comics story for the Other Worlds anthology, published by GridLords. Edited by Sean Christensen, cover by Alex Chiu.
I'm Not Afraid To Love:
I did a 3 page comic for this anthology of romance themed comics published by GridLords.
Flying Lotus, Pattern/Grid World:
I did the album art for the Flying Lotus EP released by Warp Records. The vinyl comes with a pull out poster.
Ramona Falls, Intuit:
I did the album art for the Portland Based Band, released by Barsuk Records.
Nursery Rhyme Comics anthology:
I did a 2 page, full color adaptation of "As I Was Going To St. Ives". Edited by Chris Duffy.
Best American Comics 2010, edited by Neil Gaiman::
My 15 page comic "Norman Eight's Left Arm" was included in this anthology. I also did the front and back end page designs.
The Black Forest anthology:
I did a 6 page, full color piece for this anthology of art and comics put out by the Pittsburgh based collective, Unicorn Mountain. Edited by Curt Gettman.
High Contrast Review:
I did 4 illustrations for an article on food in Fairy Tales for this limited edition anthology of literature, poetry, photography, and art. There's also a couple of photographs of me wearing my "house head" in downtown portland, taken by Austin Valley. I silkscreened the covers myself. Edited by Sam Kulla.
The Open Daybook:
This is a big art book that also acts as a perpetual calendar. It features 365 artists who each made a piece of art on the specific day of the year they were assigned. I made a drawing for October 2nd. Edited by David P. Earle.
Study Group 12 #4:
I have two pages of drawings in this limited edition anthology of art and comics edited by Zack Soto. It has hand silk screened covers and is printed with dark blue ink.
Prism Index #1:
I have 4 pages of art in this handmade, limited edition art magazine. It has hand printed silkscreened covers and comes with a music disc and dvd of experimental film. Edited by Jeffrey Bowers.
Art Visionary Box Set:
Art Visionary, an Australian based magazine of fantastical, surrealist, and outsider art, put out this limited edition box set filled with prints, original art, and mini publications. A signed and numbered, limited edition version of my art zine, Thought Cloud Shrines was included in the set. Edited by Damian Michaels.
Creative Time and Space (making room for making art):
I'm one of 14 artists interviewed in this book about the daily lives and creative habits of artists. It features 5 of my art pieces and a photo of my drawing table. Edited by Rice Freeman-Zachery
I made a 6 page comic for this free anthology put out by SparkPlug comics, Tugboat Press, and Teenage Dinosaur back in 2009. It features 6 Portland Cartoonists. Cover by Andrice Arp. As far as I know, there aren't any copies left.