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2017 NCS Reuben Awards Art

February 24th, 2017 | Posted in General

The National Cartoonists Society announced the 2017 Reuben Awards Weekend speaker lineup today, along with the artwork I did for the brochure. L to R, top row: Mike Richardson, Brian Walker, David Silverman, Tom Gammill. Second row: Brian Basset, Jason Chatfield, Nick Galifianakis, (Reuben emcee), Lynda Barry, Matt Groening. Front row, VIZ characters, Bill Plympton. In case you are wondering, hipsters, craft beer, coffee, food trucks, roses, tiny plastic horses, and naked bike riding are all Portland “things”. Great speaker lineup! READ MORE

The Lovely Anna by Arnold Roth!

February 24th, 2017 | Posted in General

Tomorrow is the 88th birthday of one of the greatest American cartoonists ever, the incredible Arnold Roth. I’ve been lucky to have been able to get to know Arnie and his delightful wife Caroline through the National Cartoonists Society, where he is a former President, winner of numerous awards including The Reuben Award in 1983, and fixture at the annual Reuben Awards Weekend. He’s a cartooning genius and one of the funniest people you will ever meet. Last October when we were in NYC for the New York Comic Con, we had a surprise 50th birthday party for The Lovely Anna at a bar and… READ MORE

Illustration Throwback Thursday #34

February 23rd, 2017 | Posted in Illustration Throwback Thursday

This job is another example of the occasional one where the artwork never ends up being used. That’s rare in publication work but not to rare in advertising. Ad agencies will often work up multiple campaigns for the same product to a final or almost final level and then the client decides which one to use. This was one of those jobs. This project was for Hardee’s restaurants circa 2009, and was art for an ad promotion for their newest sandwich offering… the “Philly Cheesesteak Thickburger”. It is a giant hamburger topped with cheesesteak fixings on one bun… not for a light lunch. The ad… READ MORE

Sketch o’the Week- Pete Townshend!

February 22nd, 2017 | Posted in Classic Rock Sketch Series

This week’s subject is guitar legend Pete Townshend of “The Who”. Pencil on paper. The original is available in the Studio Store. READ MORE

Munich, Germany Workshop is On!

February 21st, 2017 | Posted in News

The registration page for my Munich, Germany caricature workshop is now live! The workshop will take place July 7-9th, 2017 at the Leonardo Hotel Munich City South. That’s a Fri, Sat and Sunday. This will be my one and only workshop in Europe in 2017, so if you are interested in participating don’t miss out. Visit the workshop page for more details! Also, there are still plenty of spaces available for my workshops here in Minnesota in late April/early May. The MN workshops are unique in that the Friday night event takes place in my home and studio, where I demonstrate my drawing, inking and… READ MORE

Monday MADness- Corporate Colleges!

February 20th, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Back in issue 491 (July 2008), MAD decided to poke a little fun at the idea of “corporate colleges” like McDonald’s “Hamburger University”, and what other corporations might teach at such a school. Writers John Samony and Scott Maiko came up with this. Pencil roughs followed by final art (notice we changed the “Best Buy College” image in the final):   READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag- Less Work Out There?

February 19th, 2017 | Posted in Mailbag

Q: You make your primary living as a magazine illustrator, yes? Now that magazines are going away, are you finding you get less work than you used to get? A: Magazines are going away? Didn’t they say that about radio when TV came around? Magazines are not “going away”, they are just morphing into a more niche or focused market model. It’s true the internet and its seemingly unlimited content has changed the way the world consumes media, but there are still plenty of magazines around, and they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. I would also take issue with the idea I am primarily a… READ MORE

Special Guest at The Lakes Comics Festival!

February 17th, 2017 | Posted in News

I’m honored to be a special guest and The Lakes International Comic Art Festival in the Lakes District, Kendal, UK on October 13-15th, 2017. The guest list is gigantic and full of world class comics creators (and me). One of the biggest features of the event this year is the appearance of MAD legend Sergio Aragonés, who will be bestowing the newly minted National Cartoonists Society‘s “NCS Sergio Aragonés International Award for Excellence in Comic Art”. In attendence will be a number of NCS folks including former NCS presidents Steve McGarry and Rick Stromoski. This is the fifth annual “The Lakes International Comic Art Festival”,… READ MORE


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