Hannah and her Grandmother

March 2nd, 2012

Preview of Page 244

Page 244, now online!

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This page goes out to all of you who worried this comic would end up 100% cleavage-free. And, speaking of lady parts, it sure is nice to finally pass the Bechdel Test. For those of you unfamiliar with its hallowed tenets:

1) two (named) female characters who
2) have a conversation
3) in which they discuss something other than a man.

Seattleites and early arrivers to Emerald City Comicon, take note: I’m part of a webcomics exhibition at the University of Washington’s Henry Art Gallery this month. The exhibit opens on March 3, and I’ll be part of an open-to-the-public panel discussion on the evening of March 29. Mark your calendars!

Lastly: check out these sweet little comic book pendants I’ll be selling at ECCC:

Comic book pendant! Debuting at ECCC!

I just got my first batch in the mail from printsess.com, and I couldn’t be more pleased with how the design turned out. Whee! Convention-goers will get first shot at buying them, and then I’ll give the internet its chance later in April.

Family Man: Page 241

February 10th, 2012

Preview: Page 241

Family Man: Page 241.

Aaaand introducing a very fun character to draw. Still not done with this scene! Oh so very not done with this scene.

Thank you to everybody who had suggestions for how to mess with the site. I’ll be integrating a comment system and making it easier to dig around in the blog archives (if you’re a Wordpress/Comicpress wizard and would like to be my hacker in exchange for art favors, send me a line). And a supreme thank you to everybody who donated this past week or bought a print set! It makes a big difference for me.

Lastly, I’ve got a new phone with a nice camera, so I’ve been posting stupid doodles to Tumblr and Flickr to keep myself loose and encourage spontaneous goofball-ery.

What do I need from the store

Feel free to follow along at home.

Family Man: Page 240

February 3rd, 2012

Preview of Page 240

Page 240 now online!

Oh, we are not done yet! You have no idea how not done we are, in this scene.

This week’s news! Behold, the Family Man site now has a shiny new Donate page, accessible from the top menu. If you enjoy the comic, have a few bucks rattling around, and would like to contribute, please take advantage. Donations directly enable me to devote my professional time to the comic, and also eat delicious tacos while doing so.

Goddess Prints!

Likewise! Brand new in the Store is a lovely print set featuring my first four goddess illustrations! Four powerful ladies from around the world, available for a limited time. They’ll start shipping on the 15th, soget your orders in now.


December 9th, 2011

Preview of page 232

Page 232 now online!

And, just like that: here we are.

Today (Friday, December 9th) is your last day to take advantage of the SPINOZA discount code at the store – 20% off your order! That includes special-order prints – if you’ve been dying for a specific page, the discount: APPLIES! You could also order a personalized book with an original sketch in it – for the price you’d normally pay for a blank copy. Diggity.

But this magic will only last until Friday is finished here on the West coast of America. Move quickly, my chickens!

Family Man: Page 231

December 2nd, 2011

Preview of Page 231

Page 231, now online!

All sorts of familiar things making (re)appearances! It’s fun to draw circles.

Holiday shoppers! This is your last week to use the code SPINOZA in the store to get 20% of your order. If you’ve already got the delightfulness on offer there, keep on eye on my Etsy store today. Starting at 12pm Pacific, I’ll be posting over a dozen itty-bitty, one-of-a-kind watercolor paintings, most 2.5×3.5 inches, for sale throughout the day! I don’t sell art very often, and these paintings are fun because they’re way more affordable than bigger pieces.

Also! Last weekend I appeared on the 3rd annual Freelancer Roundtable, hosted by Katie Lane of Work Made For Hire and featuring fellow knuckleheads Bill Mudron and Erika Moen. We answered audience questions and said inappropriate things and just generally had a delightful time. You can listen to it in audio form or watch our antics on camera at the bottom of the Podcast page.

Lastly, there’s a new set of Notes up, for pages 210-219! Possibly the sauciest set of notes I’ve written yet.

Family Man Page 230

November 23rd, 2011

Preview of Page 230

Page 230 now online!

Dramatic ankles! And so much wolf fur. Oh lord so much. Man, if you knew the anxiety and anticipation I had coming up to this page! But in the end it all comes down to poinking in individual strands of fur.

Happy Thanksgiving, my fellow Americans (and the American-resident). I would hardly be patriotic if I did not provide an economic stimulus for the holiday season, so if you make your way to the Store and enter discount code “Spinoza” at checkout, you will get 20% off your entire order! (Note: Bite Me! is still between printings, but there is plenty of other fun to be had.)

Thank you for ordering – and happy incipient holidays, y’all.

Japan piece: now on auction

March 25th, 2011


I created the above piece this month; it’s my contribution to the Periscope Studio charity auction, with drawings going up for sale on eBay and proceeds going to Peace Winds Japan, a partner of Mercy Corps that’s providing tsunami and quake relief in Kesennuma.

The piece is NOW UP FOR SALE. Please consider bidding. I’m really very fond of the piece, and I’d like it to go to a good home (and do some good along the way).

My earlier comments on how this piece came about, from my Tumblr:

Trying to come up with a subject to depict, I was struck by Mike Clarke’s widely published AFP/Getty photo of a girl on an evacuation bus:

I also have a love of classical ukiyo-e art (and the early 20th century revival of many of its techniques, shin hanga).

(detail from “Woman in Summer Garment” by Hashiguchi Goyō, 1920)

So I tried to combined the two. It was an interesting experience.


Family Man update! Also end of sale.

December 17th, 2010

Preview of page 203

Page 203 now online!

In the age of online personals and speed-dating, a secret library rendezvous sounds rather nice, doesn’t it?

December 17th is the last day to get Family Man for $5 off! I’m spending the day sending out orders, so if you get yours in before 5pm Pacific I will personally put it in the mail (Priority) by quitting time. You see the power you wield over me.

Next week Friday is, oh, hm, Christmas Eve. Ideally I’ll be able to get a page up, but holiday travel and the fact that nobody will be online to read it* might result in a super-special post-Christmas two-page update before the new year instead. You can keep up with Danse Macabre in the meantime. Holiday cheer for all types!


*I know that all my non-Christmasing readers will be out watching Tron. No, no, don’t bother denying it. I won’t judge.

Family Man update!

December 10th, 2010

Preview of Page 202

Page 202 now online!

Now and then I have to implement a scene transition that, when read without the follow-up page, makes for a klunky reading experience. This is one of those weeks. However, there is a pleasant solution for this (general) problem, which is to read the comic in book form! There’s one week left on my $5 off of Family Man Vol. I deal, and juuuust enough time left to receive a package for the holidays.

I’ve also been drawing a series of modern tributes to the medieval Danse Macabre motif, the (very silly) original art for each of which is up in the Etsy store. A new death goes up each weekday until I run out of ideas!  You can also see the whole set on Flickr by clicking the thumbnail of “The Fitness Enthusiast” below:

I’ll do a proper roundup in the blog when I tire out, but Flickr’s a good place to follow along from home.

There’s also some original Family Man art in the Periscope store which is looking for a kind and loving owner:


Because I don’t think I ever mentioned it here!  Aren’t they cute, those kids.  They’re so doomed.

July 28th, 2010

I’m back from Comic-Con International and, given enough naps, I think I might even recover!

While there, I kept a little sketch journal of some of the wackier things I encountered, or, more factually, my reactions to them.

Comic-Con 2010 Sketchbook

Click the picture to check out the whole set on Flickr!

It was a crazy time – wonderful to see so many friends, colleagues, and readers, crazy costumes and bizarre set pieces.  This was my first time going as a Professional Cartoonist ™ and that added a certain amount of angst – am I annoying everybody?  Will I sell enough?  Am I talking to the right people?  How many boxes did I ship?  But it was exciting to be at a point in my professional development where those were meaningful considerations.  Six years ago, I was looking up to people like me!  Pretty cool.

Thank you to everybody who spoke to me, bought a book, or gave a friendly smile at the convention.  It’s a pleasure.  Even if my feet still hurt two days out.

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