Monday, November 15, 2010

Real Cartoonists, Fake Convention

Screenshot taken from the illegally downloaded episode - purely for journalism purposes. Please don't sue.

Back in May I worked for 2 days as a "real" extra on HBO's Bored to Death along with several other Brooklyn cartoonists. The episode aired yesterday, and there was a nice shot that most of us cartoonists were in all at once. Pictured here: Emily FlakeLisa HanawaltRobin EnricoTony MurphyFred ChaoGabby Schulz/Ken Dahl and me. There were 4 or 5 other cartoonists on set as well but I didn't spot them in the episode. They also filmed a scene where Ted Danson's character hits on Wonder Woman and Fred and I were right next to them, but they ended up using a different take. Two 12-hour days of work for a 10 second appearance in a 3 minute scene of a 30 minute show. Yay, Hollywood!

Gabby did a nice write up of the whole experience on his blog, Fred did some great on-set sketches and I spotted Tony working on his comic strip between takes. The crew and actors were all really nice, and I got to get paid to draw sketches, hang out with cartoonists and comic nerds for 2 days, get free food and appear in one of the few television shows I actually like in an episode that was really funny! Overall a fun experience, but probably something I won't do again anytime soon.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Graphic Design

I don't just draw stuff. Here are some samples of my graphic design and production work.

Print design

Wizard Entertainment
creative director - Steve Blackwell

Time Out New York
design director - Ron De La Pena

Evil Twin Comics

responsible for all graphic design and print production, co-edited with Fred Van Lente

Phoenix Public Library
illustrator - Donato Giancola

Apparel Graphics

The Children's Place


Awesome:  The Indie Spinner Rack Anthology - 

editorial direction and print production.

Book design and cover illustration by Jon Adams

Character Design work

Some character designs I found while digging through the archives:

"Paper Knight" character concepts
©Bioroid Studios

Celphone Wallpaper

Emouse for


I'm drawing a cartoon cookbook. "The Dirt Candy Cookbook" (just a working title) is written by chef Amanda Cohen and illustrated by me, and will be published by Random House/Clarkson Potter. It should hit shelves in summer 2012. The pages here are from the book proposal, which I drew back in June of this year. I'm so excited to be a part of this project I can't even tell you - I will be posting more in-progress work when I can!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010