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February 24th, 2018 | Posted in General

Well… maybe Des Devlin‘s jokes will be funnier in Swedish. READ MORE

Arrrrre You Busy?

February 23rd, 2018 | Posted in General

Yes, I’m super busy with deadlines right now so no time to blog. I would have put up the Dreaded Deadline Demon today but instead here’s a drawing of a pirate. Why? Because…. PIRATE. READ MORE

Sudden opening in Dallas Workshop… Discounted!

February 22nd, 2018 | Posted in General

Due to a last minute cancellation I have a single spot open in my Dallas, Texas area workshop! Due to the short notice, this spot will be discounted by $100!!! The workshop takes place March 9th-11th 2018 at the Comfort Inn & Suites Love Field-Dallas Market Center, 7138 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX. Book that last spot today if you want! These workshops are never discounted, but I’d rather have a full class than an empty chair! READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag- MAD Collaboration?

February 11th, 2018 | Posted in General

Q: When you illustrate a typical multi-panel parody, how do you determine which panels should receive greater emphasis than others — or simply look the way they do? Is this a co-development process with the writer or do you act independently to lay out the story the way YOU want to? A: The story and what is going on in each panel, plus the design of the page as a whole, determines the design of each panel. If the story line or gag in a given panel requires a great deal of detail or many figures or a lot of action or some other visually… READ MORE

Workshop Updates- Dallas sold out, Vegas and MN on!

February 2nd, 2018 | Posted in General

Class illustration from one of my first workshops here in MN back in 2016 Just an update on where we are with available workshops right now. Dallas is back to being sold out, but I still have a couple of spots available in Chicago in April and Long Island City in May. I also just added workshops in Las Vegas in September and another here in Minnesota in October: Los Angeles, CA: January 19-21st, 2018- Complete! Atlanta, GA: Feb 16-18th, 2018- Sold Out! Get added to the waitlist! Dallas, TX: March 9-11th, 2018- Sold Out!  Get added to the waitlist! Chicago, IL: April 20-22nd, 2018-ONLY… READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag- Met Fellow MADmen?

January 21st, 2018 | Posted in General

Q: On Monday you mentioned in your post that Dave Berg was one of “many” classic MAD artists you never got to meet. Who have you met, and who are the ones you most wish you had? A: Back when I first got started with MAD in 2000 they still had an annual holiday party at the Society of Illustrators in NYC. The Lovely Anna and I went to a couple of those until they stopped, and there I was able to meet a number of old school members of the Usual Gang of Idiots, as well as many of the newer contributors like myself.… READ MORE

LA Workshop 2!

January 19th, 2018 | Posted in General

My second LA workshop is underway! Here’s the class illustration. I still have one spot newly opened up in my Dallas Workshop, taking place March 9-11th, only two spots left in the Chicago Workshop (April 20-22nd) and only 3 spots left in the NYC Workshop (May 4-6th). Get them while they are still available. All my other workshops in 2018 are sold out, but you can get added to the waitlist if you are interested. READ MORE

In the Materials World

January 16th, 2018 | Posted in General

Here’s my annual “what kind of ________ do you use?” post, updated to 2018. Any links are just one possible source for purchase, do some web searching and you are bound to find the same things elsewhere and possibly cheaper. In the Studio For doing my publication work I use a lot of different tools and materials. While most of what I do these days is digital I do occasionally, when the job calls for it, pull out the old paints and such. Here are the tools I like to use in the studio: Pencils– Honestly I usually use whatever I end up grabbing from… READ MORE

Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2018 | Posted in General


Sitcomics Getting Some Press!

December 29th, 2017 | Posted in General

The startup comic book company I recently did some work for, Sitcomics, is getting some press for both the “Binge Book” format of their comics and how they are trying to buck the standard comic book distribution system with what they call “sell-through distribution”. Bleedingcool has a write-up as does The Outhousers. Sitcomics publisher and main writer Darin Henry wanted to do something different with his comic book lineup. Coming from a background as a successful TV writer (Futurama, Seinfeld, The Ellen Show, etc) he is applying today’s new dynamic of TV consumption to comics. His “Binge Books” contain 64 page full story arcs for… READ MORE

Best Parodies Capture not Copy Flavor of Target

December 28th, 2017 | Posted in General

I’m currently working on my first job for the new MAD staff, and part of this project requires me to recreate the look/style of another cartoonist. MAD does this sort of thing quite often, having lampooned comic strips, comic books, book illustrators, and other visual artists over the years requiring one of their artists to “ape” the look of another artist to pull off the parody. Doing a perfect copy of the style of another artist isn’t exactly the goal with a parody. It’s more capturing the “feel” of the work and certain signature elements of it, so the viewer sees it and instantly recognizes… READ MORE

Merry Christmas!

December 25th, 2017 | Posted in General

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Peace, Happiness, and Joy to all! READ MORE


New profile pic courtesy of my self-caricature for the Scott Maiko penned article “Gotcha! Mug Shots of Common (but Despicable) Criminals” from MAD 550

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