Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Really recent and not-so recent interviews

One of the big dividing lines for my career is pre- and post- Star Wars. A few days ago, I did an interview for the One Thought podcast, covering both periods. And although it was just posted recently, back before my Star Wars books started coming out, I recorded this interview with my friend and fellow struggling cartoonist Chris Wisnia. For the record, I hate hearing myself talk, but hopefully you don't.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Fan Con!

So the bad news is that after attending San Diego Comic Con for 15 years in a row, I won't be this year. The good news is that it means I'll be at the Arlington Heights Library Fan Con this Saturday, July 14! I'll be doing a drawing Q & A session, workshop, and signing books. I also got to design their attendee badge, for which I did a bunch of sketches. Which one did they choose to have me finish for the badge? You'll have to come to Fan Con to find out! Or if you can't come to Fan Con and still want to know I guess you can pester me next week until I post a picture of how the badge turned out...

Monday, June 18, 2018

Mickey Mouse shirts!

When I was invited to participate with some Mickey Mouse designs for UNIQLO’s Magic For All shirt series, I thought it would be a ton of fun, since I had really enjoyed working on the Star Wars T-Shirt Grand Prix with UNIQLO a few years ago. Of course, it’s not so simple as just drawing Mickey Mouse; first I had to figure out how I draw Mickey Mouse, and that meant figuring out exactly what my relationship with mickey Mouse is. So I started just doodling Mickeys, and thinking about Mickey specifically, and Disney in general.

My oldest brother is a big Disney fan, and that led me to remembering how I grew up with my family always watching “The Wonderful World of Disney” on Sundays. And magic is a really great word for that memory - for me, childhood was kind of magical, and Mickey Mouse always captured that so well, that sense of wonder at the world, curiosity, maybe even a little naivete. I eventually landed on a version of Mickey that felt right, something cute and innocent feeling.

I tried to tap into those nostalgic feelings I had and started drawing more Mickeys - Mickey walking through  forest, playing with a toy steamboat, kicking a soccer ball. I filled a sketchbook with fifty or sixty ideas, and sent them to UNIQLO and DISNEY to pick from. The designers came up with four shirts, including one based on the little ‘How To Draw Mickey’ sketch I had made for myself. I re-drew cleaned up, nicer versions of the design on Bristol board.

The most unexpected design they came up with was actually taken from those first Mickey sketches. Which seems really appropriate and great, that even as long as Mickey has been around (and in my life), there can still be some surprises from him.

These sketches were all drawn for the @UNIQLO MICKEY ART collection, available now in stores and online globally.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Adventure Time! *UPDATED*

*UPDATE May 29* My cover is up for auction now to benefit the Hero Initiative, alongside a sketch cover by one of my all time favorite comic book artists Walter Simonson!

The Hero Initiative has been doing their 100 Cover projects for a while, where they have artists sketch on the blank cover variants of comics, then auction them off as well as collecting the covers in a book to raise funds. I've done several, including Adventure Time - and my cover made the cover! This comes out in May, and hopefully I'll make it to the release party here in Chicago at Challengers.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Not too long ago, I went down to the Threadless HQ here in Chicago to be part of DemocraTee, where a bunch of local artists collaborated on drawings to be used as designs for shirts and other items. It was fun, lots of random silliness like adding this little cowboy to a larger drawing. The items are now up for sale on Threadless, with proceeds going to local arts charities.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Sunday, October 22, 2017

My First Paying Gig!

Way back in 1991, I had my first paying illustration job - images for a book by the father of one of my high school classmates. The book is unavailable (though you can see Mr. Murray's current work online at the Digital Couch) and the original art is lost, but after school visits in my home state of Michigan this week, I finally have a PDF of the book with my drawings! I'd pretty much forgotten what they were like. Here are a couple of my favorites, which are pretty typical of how I drew in high school.