• blog
  • art
  • illustration
  • comics
  • exhibitions
  • info
  • home

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Scot Nobles in group show...

Scot Nobles, my good friend and fellow Igloo Tornado artist, is in a group show at Gallery 825.

2006 Open Show
825 Gallery
825 N. La Cienega Blvd
La, Ca 90069

Opening reception is Saturday December 16th from 6-9
Show runs through Jan. 19


Thursday, December 07, 2006

Go see this show!!!

Two of my favorite artists, Kathleen Lolley and Andy Kehoe have an art show along with Kevin Titzer (who is probably really good, too, but I have yet to see his work).

Go see it:
Errant Days in a Wayward World
Kathleen Lolley, Andy Kehoe, and Kevin Titzer
December 8th thru January 8th
Opening receptions Friday, Dec. 8th 7-9 pm
Harmony Gallery
5911 1/2 Franklin
Hollywood, CA 90028


Friday, September 15, 2006

Igloo Tornado at Black Maria Gallery

This show is amazing. I have to say, I think that all four of us are at the top of our game, and each artist is presenting their best work to date. I'm really proud of this show. I'll post more pictures next week. But you can check out some pictures of the installation at the Igloo Tornado Blog.

Our show opens this Saturday! See the postcard below for info...


Friday, August 04, 2006

September 16th will be here fast...

I have an art show with the Igloo Tornado coming up next month at Black Maria Gallery.

I have a lot of painting still to do.

I suffered my first ever art related injury the other night when a flimsy folding chair I was standing on decided to jump out from under me... I flipped through the air and found myself falling headfirst towards the concrete floor of my studio. I managed to save my pretty face by landing on my outstretched left hand, which jammed my arm straight into a part of my torso where it wasn't meant to be, leaving me with a horribly sore back and shoulder... I'm lucky I didn't break my arm or anything... Ironically I'm working on a painting of my main character all beaten and broken apart.

Moral of the story: when working on a 7 ft tall painting, don't stand on a flimsy, plastic folding chair from Ikea.


Thursday, July 27, 2006

Comicon report...

San Diego Comic Con was a lot of fun. For some reason, this year's con was kind of relaxing for me. I had agreat time hanging out with my friends and selling comics and everything. For the first time it actually felt like a little vacation, even though I was working the Global Hobo booth most of the week. Here's some photos by my pal, Levon Jihanian.

I sold out of my book, tuesday. And the new parody comic, Krayons Ego, was a huge hit and sold out as well.

Apparently there was some pact that the contributors to Krayons Ego wouldn't reveal themselves... But I wasn't in on that pact originally, and my ego makes me wanna tell everyone which pages I did. Here's one of the best reviews I've ever received for comics:

"It's pretty damn funny. I laughed out loud at the Sammy Harkham, Souther Salazar, Gabrielle Bell and Ben Jones parodies (oh, and Mr. T, all drawn in a Tom Gauld style). " - Eric Reynolds

The rest of the books is great. I finally got to read it at Comicon last week, and laughed out loud at several of the pieces. I particularly like "Project Inferior" and the Jefferey Brown parody and the stab at the reigning king of parody,Johnny Ryan.

So, as I promised last week, here are the pages I did for the book. Those of you who aren't familiar with the indie comics world, may not get these strips... they are ridiculous exagerations and inside jokes, but anyway here's a little explanation: As I mentioned before, my pages were a parody of Tom Gauld's brilliant pages from Kramer's Ergot #5 in which he had six one page strips about famous authors such as Cervantes and Emily Dickinson. I love those strips and decided to steal his style and format to make one page strips about several of the other cartoonists in Kramers Ergot. I was also channeling the impressively offensive humor of Johnny Ryan and Ivan Brunetti. Some of their comics are disturbingly offensive, but they are always hilarious. SO with that spirit, here are my pages... (click on them for larger view)

Sammy Harkham is the editor of Kramers Ergot. If you know him, you know he's very devoted to his faith, so, of course I couldn't resist the urge to make fun of that. Sammy is a very talented cartoonist and I highly reccommend his graphic novel Poor Sailor, and his new series Crickets.

Souther Salazar is one of my favorite artists alive today. His work is stunningly beautiful and filled with a childlike innocence and optimism that I admire greatly. His art career is really taking off lately, so watch out for him as he sores into fame. He's also one of the nicest people I've ever met, thus I had to turn him into a whore-stabbing asshole in my strip.

Kevin Huizenga is one of my favorite new cartoonists, and we share a common love of Floyd Gottfredson. I highly reccommend all of his Or Else series.

Gabrielle Bell is one of the most talented cartoonists to get attention lately. I love her work in Lucky and in the latest Drawn & Quarterly Showcase #4.

Everyone in the world seems to love Ben Jones and his Paper Rad comics. I don't care for them much, myself, but oh well...

And who doesn't love Mr. T?

I got a lot of great books at the Con this year, including: Walt & Skeezix Volume 2, Babel #2, Mome #4 & 5, Maybe Later, Tales Designed to Thrizzle #1 & 2, Watching Days Become Years #3, Bardin the Superrealist, Paralysis, Drawn & Quarterly Showcase #4, Krayons Ego, Asthma and Cartoon Modern. I also got an amazing book of an Italian Don Quixote comic strip- too bad I can't read Italian.


Monday, July 17, 2006

San Diego Comic Con!

Oh jeez... it's time again for the biggest convention of the year... it's ridiculously huge, exhaustively-commercialized, and frightenningly over-populated with every variety of nerd, geek, freak, pervert, weirdo and genius!!!

Ahhh, I can't wait- I love it... then I hate it, then the delerium kicks in and I start to love it even more, and then it's Saturday and there's over 100,000 people there and it begins to crush my soul... but there's no other place I'd rather be this week!

San Diego Comic Con starts this Thursday, July 20th.

This year I'll be with Global Hobo again... however, we've teamed up with Alvin Bueneventura, Sparkplug Comic Books, and the Honeybunch Squad to take over 5 booths all in one island. It's gonna be a lot of fun. Come on by booth #1528 to find me and all my pals.

I'm trying to finish a new mini in time (only 48 hours left to do that), but I will have copies of "tuesday." and "Henry & Glenn 4-ever".

And I have 6 pages in the parody anthology "Krayons Ego." This is a parody of the exceptional art-comix anthology Kramer's Ergot, edited and published by Sammy Harkham of Avodah Books (in association with Gingko Press). I did a parody of Tom Gauld's brilliant pages from Kramer's #5. And I've lampooned several of the cartoonists who contribute to the Kramers Ergot series. All done with love and respect, so please don't punch me in the face, guys! Other contributors include: Jesse Reklaw, Mark Campos, Karen Sneider, Josh Frankel, Clutch, and Sarah Oleksyk.

Here's a fake cover for the book. I'll post pages from it next week:


Tuesday, June 27, 2006


I've been really busy lately... I just finished writing a 200 page graphic novel. And now I have a lot of painting to do... I've got a show coming up in September at Black Maria Gallery in L.A. and it will be the inaugural show for my artist collective, Igloo Tornado. More details will be posted soon.

Here's a couple of studies I did for some new pieces.


Wednesday, June 07, 2006


This weekend I will be at the MoCCA Art Festival in New York City! I'll be spending some time at the Global Hobo table with copies of "tuesday." and "Henry & Glenn 4-Ever."

If you're in NYC, come by and say "hullo." I can't wait- I love that city!


Wednesday, May 24, 2006

new links...

I've added some new links to the sidebar. Several friends and other artists I admire:

Alex Holden, Dan Zettwoch, David Heatley, David King, Top Shelf, and my big brother, Blake.

Check 'em out if you have a chance.

update: added two more- Scott Teplin has a blog now, and Tom Spurgeon's Comics Reporter is a must read for regular news of the comics world.


Friday, May 05, 2006

Don't Pick On Me in Korea

Don't Pick On Me, the music video I animated for The Muffs, is playing in Korea this month at the 10th annual Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival. If you're in Korea, go check it out on May 24th-28th. I don't know when my cartoon is playing, but it's part of the "Commissioned Films" category.


Tuesday, May 02, 2006

never give up...

I've updated my website to add new paintings. You can find them in the 2006 gallery of the Art section of my website.


Wednesday, April 12, 2006

A.P.E. was great!

Yes, it was really great. Just what I needed- get out of town (and away from all my troubles), see lots of friends, hang out in one of my favorite cities, and get lots of great new comics.

Here's what I got:

What else... Sold out of all the copies of "tuesday." that I brought with me. Got to hang out with all my cartoonist pals. Met some new people that were cool. The APESH!T art show was really great- I bought a painting by Jeff Roysdon and one by Jesse Reklaw. Got a potential publishing offer that I'll be considering after hearing the Xeric Grant results. Went to Brett Reichman's art opening- which was also really great.

I added some new links to my sidebar: Zak Saly and his publishing front La Mano, Daria Tessler's Animal Sleep Stories website, and Tom Gauld. All of whom should be checked out by everyone. They are great!

Here's a picture Alvin Bueneventura took of me at APE


Monday, April 03, 2006

A.P.E. this weekend!

I'm headin' to me old stompin' ground of San Francisco this week. This weekend is my favorite comic convention of the year: the Alternative Press Exposition this Saturday and Sunday: April 8th & 9th.

Once again, I'll be sharing space with my pals at Global Hobo, purveyors of fine hand-made and hard-to-find comics. We'll be at table #443 on the main floor.

What I'll have with me... The West-Coast debut of my latest comic "tuesday." A 26 page black & white comic about a man terrorized by a mysterious ink blot.

Survival of the Fittest catalogs. 30 page full color book featuring artwork by Renee French, Levon Jihanian, Andy Kehoe, Kathleen Lolley, Tom Neely, Scot Nobles, Lark Pien, Jesse Reklaw, Billy Reynolds, Zack Soto, Gin Stevens, Scott Teplin and Matthew Thurber.

The newly pressed 3rd printing of Henry & Glenn 4-Ever by Igloo Tornado (Igloo Tornado is the artist collective that consists of Me, Levon Jihanian, Gin Stevens, and Scot Nobles). A 16 page black & white comic that presupposes a domestic relationship between Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig.

Igloo Tornado Gocco Postcards- designed and printed by Levon Jihanian.

Igloo Tornado T-shirts in stylish olive green for boys and hot-pink for the ladies! Designed by Me and Scot Nobles.

And at Josh Frankel and Joe Sayers' nearby table, you will find two hilarious anthology comics featuring work by me: Desert Island Paradise and Only The Lonely.

I will also have some of my older comics with me, and possibly some original art for sale.

Also this week: Brett Reichman, my favorite painting teacher from the San Francisco Art Institute (where I got my MFA), has a show at Paule Anglim opening Thursday, April 6th.

And Friday night- check out some of my friends at this comics-related art show.

So, come out to see me this week at the A.P.E., check out my new comics, and help me mend my broken heart (that's right ladies- I'm single again). I no longer have the easy-to-spot blue hair- just look for the guy with these on his arms:


Thursday, March 30, 2006


Just a reminder that Survival of the Fittest is still up at Harmony Gallery through April 17th.

Seriously, it's the best show in town.

Go there, see it, and buy some art. It's all reasonably priced and it's all really great work. You don't need another pair of designer shoes, you need some art on your walls.

Also- there are iris prints of the "Snigerpus" artwork (pictured above) available for pre-order from the gallery for $150.


Harmony Gallery
5911 1/2 Franklin Ave
Hollywood, CA 90028

Click here to see the the installed artwork.


Tuesday, March 21, 2006

EL VEZ owns a piece of me!

EL VEZ bought this painting from the La Luz de Jesus group show!

If you've never seen an El Vez show, you're missing out. He's awesome!


Friday, March 17, 2006

I'm in Nickelodeon Magazine!

Nickelodeon Magazine has always had a great comic section that includes gag-strips by some of the best indie-cartoonists out there: Johnny Ryan, Sam Henderson, Kurt Wolfgang, Martin Cendreda, and many many more...

Well- I'm not in the comic section with those guys (though you should check them out, too), but I am on most of the pages of the magazine. If you look at the page numbers you'll see a little mini-strip I drew for them.
It starts with these two dudes on the first page...
Then there is a series of fight-clouds, with the page numbers in the center, scattered throughout the issue...
It all ends with the dudes thoroughly pummelled, but happy with the comic-book split between them. Ahhhhh, sharing- a nice message for the kiddies.

Hopefully I'll get to do more work for them in the future.


Saturday, March 11, 2006

Opening Night

Last night, the opening was great! We had a huge crowd and lots of fun.

Me, Laurie and Dave- they do all the work around here.

The elusive Renee French!

Superstars: Souther Salazar and Saelee Oh

Sam Henderson will destroy us all with his super-powers of funny.


Is that dude picking his nose?

Jaime Torres, the man who framed most of the show.

i can see through your head! (D.J. Algonquin at work)

Gin's got two bitches (Katie, Gin Stevens and me)

Don't look into his eyes! (Levon Jihanian)

The Gallery Director, David Jones

Dance for me!

Lotsa people

F.C. Brandt

If you think this is creepy, you should see his paintings. (Billy Reynolds)

I like your drawrings! I like your drawrings, too! Let's be friends! (Levon Jihanian and Billy Reynolds)

He's the D.J., I'm the Rapper. (D.J. Algonquin and Gin Stevens)

I don't know 'bout this art stuff.

Me and Miss Kathleen Lolley- she brought lotsa bourbon!

By the end of the night, the fabric of the universe became unstable... or maybe it was the bourbon.

Thanks to everyone for coming out and making it a fun night! Thanks to all the artists for their amazing work. Thanks to D.J. Algonquin for playing lots of great music from the '20s! And thanks to Dave, Laurie, Katie and Susan for helping us put the show together!