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  • DRAWING THAT SIGNIFICANT OTHER (SCENES OF DOMESTIC BLISS)

    DRAWING THAT SIGNIFICANT OTHER (SCENES OF DOMESTIC BLISS)

    Examples of comic artists drawing their significant other…


  • HOW TO AVOID A BEHEADING

    HOW TO AVOID A BEHEADING

    I like to draw while watching TV: I drew this while watching Ken Burns’ new documentary, which is quite good. The guy who told this story is a badass.


  • A DAY IN THE LIFE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

    A DAY IN THE LIFE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

    A sketchbook comic in which I try to catch the bus and fail.


  • BECAUSE I SAID SO

    BECAUSE I SAID SO

    Golfing with God: his son whines and God looks for the beer girl.


  • THE HAWKLINE EPS ARE IN

    THE HAWKLINE EPS ARE IN

    EPs designed for the band Hawkline.


  • THE FRUIT OF A BUSRIDE

    THE FRUIT OF A BUSRIDE

    Golfing with God: God suggests that not bothering with the Old Testament, because “everything changes after you have a kid.”


  • SKETCH EVERYTHING IN SIGHT

    SKETCH EVERYTHING IN SIGHT

    A sketch of my wife reading in bed, and advice from cartoonist Frank King: “carry a paper pad and a pencil and make sketches of everything.”


  • THE TINY SCRIBBLES THAT NOBODY MENTIONS

    THE TINY SCRIBBLES THAT NOBODY MENTIONS

    Why post only the good stuff? Why not post the crappy little doodles that make up the majority of a sketchbook?


  • WELCOME TO THE WORKING WEEK

    WELCOME TO THE WORKING WEEK

    Four pages of sketchbook drawn during a 4 hour employee orientation session…


  • BETSY 2 LIVES!!

    BETSY 2 LIVES!!

    Sketchbook comic of my stolen car.


  • PROCESS: MY COVER FOR HAWKLINE’S UPCOMING EP, “SHIPWRECK”

    PROCESS: MY COVER FOR HAWKLINE’S UPCOMING EP, “SHIPWRECK”

    A process piece about how I created the album cover for Hawkline’s “Shipwreck” EP.


  • ROADTRIP SKETCHBOOK

    ROADTRIP SKETCHBOOK

    Sketchbook drawings of our time on the road to South Carolina.


  • THE BIRDS WOKE ME WITH SINGING

    THE BIRDS WOKE ME WITH SINGING

    Sketchbook drawing in red ink of leaves with the caption: “birds woke me with singing.”


  • MIRROR, MIRROR

    MIRROR, MIRROR

    Keep a dry-erase marker in your bathroom so you can make notes on your bathroom mirror.


  • ANGEL IN A POLKA DOT BIKINI

    ANGEL IN A POLKA DOT BIKINI

    Sketchbook drawing of a floating angel in a polka dot bikini.


  • POST-ITS: PAPER IS NOT DEAD

    POST-ITS: PAPER IS NOT DEAD

    A collection of random post-its from my sketchbook.


  • BECAUSE THIS BLOG HAS SEEMED TOO MUCH LIKE A BLOG RECENTLY…

    BECAUSE THIS BLOG HAS SEEMED TOO MUCH LIKE A BLOG RECENTLY…

    Sketchbook drawings and thoughts on all players in the job search process.


  • AT BREAKFAST, THIS MORNING

    AT BREAKFAST, THIS MORNING

    It’s my opinion that every couple should go out to breakfast at least once a week, if they can afford it.


  • LUNCH WITH HARVEY AND JOYCE

    LUNCH WITH HARVEY AND JOYCE

    Doodles from lunch with Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner.


  • SATURDAY NIGHT CHINESE

    SATURDAY NIGHT CHINESE

    A page from the sketchbook.


  • “WE GOT THE TOOLS, WE GOT THE TALENT!”

    “WE GOT THE TOOLS, WE GOT THE TALENT!”

    I want to thank my new friend, Tim Walker, for his excellent Austinite advice and for clueing me in to LinkedIn, which seems like a pretty excellent professional social networking tool. (Dig my profile. Add me as a contact!) I’d also like to note that I’ve been absolutely blown away by the hospitality and kindness […]


  • HOW DO BABIES KNOW?

    HOW DO BABIES KNOW?

    One particularly great subject for neuroscience is babies…


  • SUMI-E JOURNAL: OFF THE GRID

    SUMI-E JOURNAL: OFF THE GRID

    I have been sick and our bootleg wireless signal is down, so my past couple of days have been pleasantly lo-fi.  I’ve been working with the brush a lot (see above), reading books, and staying away from the computer screen.  The only hi-tech thing I did the past couple of days was play Super Paper Mario […]


  • WEEKEND SKETCHBOOK

    WEEKEND SKETCHBOOK

    hawkline is the name of one of the bands that my buddy corey drums in. i was trying to come up with a logo for them.


  • SAME OLD JUNKY IDEAS

    SAME OLD JUNKY IDEAS

    I’ve been seriously slacking on the book, spending most of my Work time reading (today it was Vonnegut’s GOD BLESS YOU MR. ROSEWATER and a great article on commuting in the New Yorker with a great spot illustration by Kevin Huizenga) or messing around with the sumi-e brush.  Yesterday I just entered random junk into Flickr […]


  • COLLAGE: WHERE TO TURN WHEN YOU GET STUCK

    COLLAGE: WHERE TO TURN WHEN YOU GET STUCK

    Lynda Barry on turning to collage when you get stuck. A collage of our upcoming move to Texas.


  • OUR STATE OF MIND

    OUR STATE OF MIND

    Clouds have lifted around our place. I think we’ve figured out what we’re gonna do for the next couple of years, and that always feels good. My wife and I are two people who like to have a battle plan. I was reading a Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi book in Half Price yesterday, and he was talking […]


  • TEXAS DOODLE

    TEXAS DOODLE

    drawn on our trip to Austin


  • GAVE UP

    GAVE UP

    an abandoned color exercise from a journal doodle…


  • PUTTING THINGS INTO BOXES

    PUTTING THINGS INTO BOXES

    My sketchbooks ebb and flow. Whenever I’m working non-stop on a project, my sketchbook suffers. Whenever I’m meandering, reading a lot, wondering what to do next, my sketchbook flourishes. Is there a correlation to my mental health? Almost certainly. Were food and shelter provided for me, I could be content to spend the rest of […]


  • I’M WORKING, I SWEAR

    I’M WORKING, I SWEAR

    You’d think from looking at my recent entries that I’d abandoned comics. Not so! This is the title panel from a new piece of autobifictionalography I’m working on. It’s a father/son, brother/brother story about taking 4-H pigs to the county fair. I’m really stoked about it, and no, it doesn’t have anything to do with […]


  • NASTY STORM WALLOPS MIDWEST

    NASTY STORM WALLOPS MIDWEST

    throwaway, sketched in the breakroom at work.


  • NOTES ON SAUL STEINBERG

    NOTES ON SAUL STEINBERG

    Saul Steinberg on being a novelist using the language of cartoons, the profile view, rubber stamps, acronyms, speech balloons, comix, maps, and calligraphy.


  • WATERCOLOR!

    WATERCOLOR!

    Making good on my New Year’s resolution. Last week Meg came home from the store with a watercolor set and announced that she was going to teach me to watercolor. Last night she made good on her promise… Color is still a foreign world to me — working with it makes me feel very young […]


  • OUR NYC HONEYMOON MAP

    OUR NYC HONEYMOON MAP

    done with sumi-e brush and markers. way bigger than my scanner, so i experimented with cleaning up the digital photo in photoshop (check out peter durand’s great post about this)


  • THE BRIDE

    THE BRIDE

    drawn on Christmas Day


  • WHAT TO PACK FOR YOUR WEDDING

    WHAT TO PACK FOR YOUR WEDDING

    Sketchbook page of what I’m packing for our wedding weekend.


  • GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST

    GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST

    “Maybe I’m even extremely biased but, on my honor, there is something to this place! And this something can be sensed by a person with mettle who agrees that life is sad, monotonous — this is all very true — but still, nevertheless and despite everything it is exceedingly, exceedingly interesting.” &#8212Isaac Babel, “Odessa,” quoted […]


  • MORE MAPPING

    MORE MAPPING

    Here’s another map I did with the ol’ sumi-e brush for an essay I’m working on.  The piece of paper was really huge, so I had to take a photo with the digital camera.  I had all this random junk floating around my head for the essay, but I couldn’t figure out how to put […]


  • HEY! THE XMAS CURTAIN CALLS

    HEY! THE XMAS CURTAIN CALLS

    “My working method has more often than not involved the subtraction of weight.” —Italo Calvino, Six Memos For The New Millenium Drew these two pages while listening to a solo KCRW gig by My Morning Jacket’s Jim James. Jim James’ voice + silo reverb = heaven. A beautiful equation.


  • BIRDSEED (ONLINE COMIC)

    BIRDSEED (ONLINE COMIC)

    “Birdseed,” a silent comic.


  • WHAT IF WE GIVE IT AWAY?

    WHAT IF WE GIVE IT AWAY?

    A couple of comic pages and Cory Doctorow’s “give freely and they will buy” business strategy.


  • AND I LOVE HER

    AND I LOVE HER

    This is a Sharpie sketch I did of Meg this morning. Friday we start the 30-day countdown until our big event. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of sketching her… Last night we went to Joseph-Beth to see Harvey Pekar sign copies of the BEST AMERICAN COMICS. Not much action — Harvey gave a […]


  • COLORBLIND HEADCOLD

    COLORBLIND HEADCOLD

    The running around caught up to us. I don’t feel good enough to post anything else, so here are a couple of crayon/ink scribbles I did at my mom’s house over the holiday. I am, essentially, colorblind, and I only had three crayons, so give my color a break. Some wisdom from Tom Waits: “There […]


  • USING FLASH AND YOUTUBE TO MAKE A TRAILER FROM PRE-EXISTING MATERIAL

    USING FLASH AND YOUTUBE TO MAKE A TRAILER FROM PRE-EXISTING MATERIAL

    Plan inspired by a post on Dan Zettwoch’s blog and Stanley Donwood’s work for The Eraser: Now I just gotta learn to animate using Flash…


  • WE’RE ALL SIDESHOW FREAKS SELLING OUR ODDITIES

    WE’RE ALL SIDESHOW FREAKS SELLING OUR ODDITIES

    – a midnight sketchbook page drawn after our annual viewing of Tod Browning’s 1932 masterpiece, Freaks My mind is still a little blown by the idea that there were really positive elements to being a sideshow performer. Check out these words from an NyTimes article about Ward Hall, King of the Midway: “Nowadays, it’s in […]


  • THE IMPORTANCE OF DOODLING

    THE IMPORTANCE OF DOODLING

    To loosen up in the morning, I pull off a huge sheet of trashy sketch paper and doodle with my sumi-e brush.


  • HOW DO YOU SHOW THEM WHAT YOU’VE DONE?

    HOW DO YOU SHOW THEM WHAT YOU’VE DONE?

    A little exercise in information design/gallery hanging today: What’s the best way to let total strangers know what it is that you do? If you’re a multi-disciplinary artist, how do you express the range of your work? How can a portfolio page engage a viewer/newcomer as well as a piece of art? I like the […]


  • WORKING ASS BACKWARDS

    WORKING ASS BACKWARDS

    Most cartoonists wait til the final stage of their process to pull out the ink and the brush.  Not me.  I like to get out the brush early in the morning, and do my rough sketches in sloppy ink.  There’s something about the brush, the way it can cover a lot of surface in a […]


  • EXCERPTS FROM A TERRIBLE CALAMITY AT SEA!

    EXCERPTS FROM A TERRIBLE CALAMITY AT SEA!

    An (abandoned) graphic novel-in-progress:



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