Tuesday, December 28, 2010


I found some old drawings from my youth while digging through our family storage stuff this past weekend:

This one below is a letter I wrote to my mom expressing my feelings. I especially like the bomb contraption drawn on the front:

And then a humble family portrait, also including Link from Zelda:

What A World! My work hasn't changed all that much.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

winter 'nuts

Happy holidays and new year, y'all!

New Chicago Comics exhibition at the MCA

Holy Moly! This January at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, I'm going to be showing some of my comics pages, drawings, and animation work in an exhibit called (as you may have already guessed) New Chicago Comics. I'm to be showing work alongside Jeffrey Brown, Paul Hornschemeier, and Anders Nilsen. When I first moved to Chicago to go to college nine years ago, finding the work of these Chicago fellows got me really excited about the different possible forms of comics and the idea of self-publishing, and needless to say it's quite an honor to be able to be in this show with them.

Here's the skinny on the time and place:

January 8 – 30, 2011

Exhibition preview in conjunction with First Fridays
January 7, 6–10 pm
21 and over only—strictly enforced!
$18 general admission, $13 advance tickets, $10 MCA members

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
220 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611

newcity top 5

My artist residency show at Spudnik Press made the Newcity Top 5 of Everything 2010 list, in their Top 5 Solo Exhibitions category!

Here is da link:


Friday, December 17, 2010

believer magazine mastheads

In addition to my comic strip Anemone that runs in the Believer Magazine comics section, I've been designing the masthead for that section for the past few issues. It's been fun to think of different ways to write the word 'comics' for each issue.

man vs. butterfly

An illustration that didn't end up getting used. All that meticulously drawn grass, sigh...

Monday, December 6, 2010

post-it VI

Post-It show 6 opens this Saturday at GR2 in LA, and was put together by Esther Pearl Watson and Mark Todd. Here are a couple of the post-its I made for it. The yellow ones are tiny, at 2 x 2".

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

tick tock

new little animated loop

Monday, November 22, 2010

cuentos de pete el leñador!

My book Tales of Woodsman Pete was just published in Spanish by the lovely folks at Apa Apa Comics!

Monday, November 15, 2010

very good, jeeves!

I got to illustrate the cover to a new edition of P.G. Wodehouse's fun book, Very Good Jeeves! for W.W. Norton & Co. Here it is on amazon. Below are some of the sketches and preparatory images that led to the final version above (there will be text and a barcode on the back cover that is not in the above image).

Thursday, November 4, 2010

exquisite book signing

The wonderful Exquisite Book is now out and about. 100 artists were asked to make one page based loosely on the page before it, exquisite corpse style, and this beautiful multi-accordion page book was formed! It was put together by Julia Rothman (who also runs one of my favorite sites, Book By Its Cover), Matt Lamothe, and Jenny Volvovski. I was lucky to get to contribute a page to this cool project.

This Friday night (11/5/10) at Quimby's Bookstore at 7pm, I'll be signing copies of the Exquisite Book along with Anders Nilsen, Paul Hornschemeier, Lauren Nassef, and Isaac Tobin. Stop by to see this awesome book!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

eyeworks festival poster trailer

Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi of Sonnenzimmer designed and printed amazing festival posters for Eyeworks! They took on a crazily ambitious idea of animating the elements in each printed poster through taping off parts, changing the image registration, adding different colored inks while printing, etc. We photographed all 200 prints to make an animation, so each poster is one frame of the film. We are so lucky to have worked with these printing geniuses! The trailer is below:

and above is an image of their early timeline chart for the project and an image of one of the finished posters.

Friday, October 29, 2010

the jitters in motion

Twenty very congested drawings. Tomorrow night (10/30) is the last evening it will be showing on 16mm film in the window of Saturday Cinema. The drawings all started with the flower-eating lady I drew below (sorry for horrible compression) and I kept giving her more company.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

eyeworks festival of experimental animation

Big news! I've been organizing a new experimental animation festival called Eyeworks with Alexander Stewart. It will be a mix of abstract animation and unconventional character animation, shown on 16mm film and video. It's taking place November 6th in Chicago, at 247 S. State Street at the DePaul CDM Theatre. Our trailer is below, and our website for the festival is:

Here are the program listings, below:

1:00 pm

Adam Beckett, Heavy Light
Robert Breer, Bang
Sally Cruikshank, Make Me Psychic
Larry Cuba, Two Space
Howard Danelowitz, Inside Out
James Duesing, Impetigo
Paul Glabicki, Five Improvisations on a 120-Drawing Cycle
Stuart Hilton, Save Me
Jonathan Hodgson, Nightclub
Al Jarnow, Autosong
Henry Selick, Seepage
Steven Subotnick, Hairyman
Chris Sullivan, Master of Ceremonies

Program 2: NEW SHORTS
3:00 pm

Lisa Barcy, Mermaid
Thorsten Fleisch, Dromosphere
Stefan Gruber, Petting Zoo 1 & 2
Inger Lise Hansen, Travelling Fields
Andy Kennedy, Accumulonimbus
Amy Lockhart, The Collagist
Matt Marsden, Worm Room
Winona Regan, Haunted Heart
Dash Shaw, The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D
Kyle Sullivan, Esthesia
Jim Trainor, The Presentation Theme
Aaron Wendel, Dwellings

7:00 pm

Festival guest David O'Reilly will present a program of work,
including his new animation The External World (15:00, HD, 2010.)
O'Reilly will accompany his own work with a selection of pieces from
other contemporary filmmakers whose work interests him.

A reel of silent works on continuous display throughout the festival
on two monitors in the lobby of the theater. Animations by:

Gwyneth Anderson
Kevin Eskew
Laura Heit
Jodie Mack
Dash Shaw
Collaborative work from the CSSSA 2010 animation students

Come out to the festival if ya can!

Monday, October 4, 2010


I'm extremely honored to have my comics included in two books from the Best American series this year! My story The Carnival, which originally appeared in Mome vol. 14, now also appears in the new Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010 (with a Maurice Sendak cover, ooh la la!) and an excerpt from my book The Lagoon appears in the Best American Comics 2010 (guest edited by my teenage hero-heartthrob Neil Gaiman). I am so so happy to be included in these books with such good company. Both of these were just released, and I have yet to lay my eyes on them and can't wait to do so.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

bookworks finds

I've just started posting images for the new Bookworks bookstore blog. Bookworks is the used & rare bookstore I work at, and for a long time we've been talking about wanting to share some of the wonderfully strange images and books that we come across in the shop, so we've finally started posting some!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

the jitters at saturday cinema

My 16mm animated loop of a 20 drawing cycle, "The Jitters", will be playing at Saturday Cinema every Saturday evening starting September 18th through October 30th. It will be rear-projected in the second floor window of 1369 W. Chicago Avenue, starting at sunset and looping for two hours. So if you're cruising on Chicago Ave after dark on a saturday night, look up in the second story window of Saturday Cinema to get a look at my bizarro animation!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


started a new animation today...

reader fall arts guide cover

Illustration I made for the fall arts guide cover in this week's Chicago Reader

Monday, September 13, 2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

the jitters

still image from a 20 drawing complex loop I am animating... I think I am about halfway finished. more soon.


My short animation Head Garden will be playing at Lincoln Hall tomorrow evening (September 1st), along with Guy Maddin's short film Night Mayor and Chris Hefner's feature The Pink Hotel.
Info is *here*

Friday, August 6, 2010

raising chicago

I made a comic for this month's issue of Chicago Magazine about the raising and transporting of the city's buildings in the mid 1800's. Here 'tis: