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That One Spooky Night!

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

I’ve wanted to make children’s books for a long (LONG!) time, and finally, after a lot of hard work and a lot of late nights and a lot of waiting, the first book I’ve illustrated for children is coming to bookstores all over the place in just over a week! I’m thrilled and excited and over the moon, and any other superlatives you can come up with would definitely fit my mood.

That One Spooky Night is an 80-page graphic novel for gradeshoolers, with three related stories that all happen one Halloween night in the same spooky town. These pages are filled with color, a great story by writer and storyteller, Dan Bar-el, and over 300 panels of comicky goodness.

I’ve put together a tiny little website to help everyone get excited about the book, including a trailer that I animated in my *ahem* spare time that I don’t have.

Check out the trailer, and then if you’re so inclined, order a copy of the book, signed, and possibly with an exclusive letterpress print, from my new shop after September 1st. Oh, and if you live in the inland northwest, come out to Moscow, Idaho’s, Book People for our launch party, where you can see me do drawing demos, help me spell your name correctly in your copy of the book, and other fun stuff like that.

Have some CAKE!

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Oh, hello! Would you like some CAKE?! No, no: CAKE.

I’m going to be in Chicago this weekend to hang out with a bunch of awesome cartoonists and illustrators and you, too, at the Chicago Alternative [K]omics Expo. We’ll all be hanging out Saturday and Sunday, June 16 & 17, in Columbia College’s Ludington Building at 1104 S Wabash, 11am – 6pm both days, and it’s free and open to the public! I’ll be sitting over at table 42:

I’ll have all the stuff I had at TCAF last month, plus I’ll be bringing a few original drawings and a freshly printed stack of Wattameon minis, since I sold out of them in Toronto.

Having grown up in Evanston (just north of Chicago), I’m super excited to be going “home.” I hope to run into a few old friends (you hear me, old friends?), and since we’ll be so close, I’m going to make a point of popping over to the Field Museum to show my daughter some dinosaurs! There’s also the Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, and Millennium Park right there. Come out and make a weekend of it! See you there!

P.S. Not in Chicago this weekend? No problem, I’m also showing/selling a big pile of work at Book People of Moscow for the Art Walk!

TCAF 2012!

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012


Hello, at long last!

I’ve been toiling away at many many busy projects, and I’m finally popping my head up to go out to Toronto for this year’s TCAF. It’s the best thing of its kind every year, and I love it so much I can’t describe. I’m sitting at table 153, back by the base of the stairs, beside the lovely wishing pond and several good friends, and potential new friends, like a few of the Adventure Time fellas!

I’ll have gobs of things (assuming I get all my baggage to come all the way to Toronto with me) such as: new t-shirts, new doodle/activity books (plus a DELUXE edition), a new mini-comic, new buttons (and how!), a reprint of my Three Bears comic along with the usual pile of gorgeous prints from Cloudy Collection, a few original drawings, and maybe some on-the-spot custom doodles, just for you?

On Sunday afternoon, May 6, I’ll be doing a tag-team Simple Characters drawing workshop for kids with Melissa Mendes. Come find us on the second floor from 3:45-4:30!

I love this show. It really is the most fun I have at this type of thing. I come home exhausted, but so thoroughly inspired to make more stuff, which is great, since I’ll be working on my next book with Kids Can Press for the rest of the summer!

Cloudy Collection Show

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

I’m heading to Minneapolis today for our Cloudy Collection Exhibition at Pink Hobo Gallery! I hope to see some of you there! We’ll have a reception from 7pm-11pm, and in the back room will be the MIX kickoff event, Drink & Draw. It should be a fantastic weekend!

What if…?

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

I’m super-excited to be included in the lineup for a show curated by the awesome Threadless pro, Joe Van Wetering, and his friend and fantastic fellow Chicago artist Paul Octavious. My piece for the show supposes “what if we connected ALL of the dots?” Its title, “Mathematical Gems”, comes from the found book integrated into the painting.

What if… “asked artists and designers from all over the world to explore some ideas surrounding alternate universes and some generally out there themes. The parallel universes of more than 50 artists will collide in Chicago on August 20.” Yes, that is one-night-only at Chicago’s River Park North, though if you are not in Chicago they will post the art for sale online after the event.

And yes, that is an amazing lineup of folks – so great! If you get a chance to go see the show, I’d love to see photos!

Ed Emberley Prints!

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

We’ve launched a new print collection over at Cloudy Collection with none other than Ed Emberley! Check it out!

Stumptown | 20/20 | TCAF | Special Editions

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

I have some things coming up! Also, stuff! Calendars at the ready!

First: I will be at Stumptown Comic Festival in Portland, OR, this weekend, April 16 & 17. I’ll have piles of Cloudy Collection prints, some comics, buttons, stickers, and more. Plus I’ll be taking on-the-spot commissions for cheap! I’ll have lots of drawing gear with me, like pens, brushes, pencils, watercolors, etc. so bring an idea and a few bucks! Find me at table D-5!

Second: I have a print in the “20/20 Vision, 4th Edition: The Art of Contemporary University Printmaking” group exhibition at Fire House Gallery in Louisville, GA. April 27 through May 29 (Opening Reception – Saturday, April 30, 7-9pm) That’s my 22″x30″ screen print for the show above, plus a detail of how the transparent layers turned out.

Third: I will be launching the first Cloudy Collection Special Edition for 2011 at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. The edition is made possible by the awesome and amazing Annie Koyama of Koyama Press, and features 15 different artists, custom slipcases, and a bunch of great art. Check over at the Cloudy Collection website for more information, or to sign up for the mailing list.

After all the hubbub dies down (and during and in-between, too) I’m working away at my first official children’s book illustration project! I’ll show you what I can, but we’ll all have to wait until fall of 2012 for the big reveal!

Threadless 10th Anniversary Book

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Last month I got an email alerting me to the fact that my Threadless shirt is in their new 10-year anniversary book. I opened up my copy to find my Shadow Bunny design on the first page-full of shirts! There is a lot of great work in the book, and I’m honored to be included!

Digital Artist / #11

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

The UK magazine Digital Artist did an interview with me about Cloudy Collection and what it’s all about. It appears in issue #11, which came out in September 2010.


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Ferocious Quarterly

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

I was asked to send in some art for the first issue of the lovely and lovingly-crafted Ferocious Quarterly, and they specifically requested one of my Cloudy Collection prints. Hole Sweet Hole made for a good single-page vertical image. I’ll also be contributing original work to issue #2.


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Impressive

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

The wonderful German art tome publisher, Gestalten, put together an amazing collection of letterpress and screenprinted design-y art in the book Impressive. The Cloudy Collection got a wonderful pair of spreads in the book, and the editors kindly trimmed down my enthusiastic ramblings about the project.


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See My Mess

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

I am a piler. I have always been a piler. I make piles out of mail, drawings, laundry, magazines, etc., like a lot of other creative people do, I think. It’s just a different way to organize. That is: not to. I beat back the piles every few months, but they always come back. It’s okay. I accept it. I am a piler.

Show the Love: Bacon ♥’s Eggs

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, my pals over at Vahalla Studios have launched a series of 18 prints called Show the Love. You can buy the entire set for just $50, or get each individual print (like mine!) for $10 apiece.

It’s a fantastic lineup of artists who have put together a lot of fun work! And if you’re in Kansas City, go by tonight, Feb 5th, from 6-10pm, to pick up a set in-person. Vahalla’s new digs are at 2111 Washington, Kansas City, MO.

Creative Arts Projects / #133

Monday, February 1st, 2010

I was approached at the end of 2009 by Creative Arts Projects to create a tutorial about creating letterpress prints. The issue was devoted to comparing handmade and digital processes and how the two can function together. With the assistance of Harold Kyle at Boxcar Press, I laid out the process of going from idea to design to press for making a two-color letterpress print.

I was also asked to answer the magazine’s “Big Question”:
The question: “If you could only ever work in one medium – handmade or digital – which would you choose, and why?”
My answer: “With a pencil and paper, I make any shape I can imagine, light or dark marks, thick or thin lines, crisp or smudgy – a pencil has it all. It never crashes, I never need to charge it, and I don’t have to turn it off during takeoff and landing. I love my computer, but I always start with my pencil.”


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Haiti Relief

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
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I just have two short announcements that combine Haiti relief efforts with the art you love:

The first is that over at the Cloudy Collection, we’ve and redirected our fundraising to the Red Cross’s Haiti relief efforts. Now until the end of January, for each print set purchased (Ed. 3/Ed. 4) we will send $5 to the Red Cross’s Haiti fund. Also, for each subscription purchased, we will send $25 to the Haiti fund.

And second, the Robots & Monsters project has opened its doors early for its next round in order to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders and their efforts in Haiti. For $50, you get a robot or a monster drawn by people like John Martz, Adam “Ape Lad” Koford, Joe Alterio, me, and a few other great artists. The project has raised almost $20,000 for various causes over the past three years.

Whether you want to buy some new art or not, I encourage everyone to do whatever they can to help in Haiti. You can give directly to the Red Cross here, Doctors Without Borders here, and there are a lot of other great NGOs doing good work.

Happy 2010!

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Coming soon to the mailing list.

Cloudy Collection Developments

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

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First things first: Volume I, Edition 4 of the Cloudy Collection is now available! “Repeat/Repeat” is a set of seven letterpress prints on the theme of variations on repeating patterns with art by Will Bryant, Dustin “UPSO” Hostetler, Mike Perry, Heather Ross, Julia Rothman, Bob Staake, and me, David Huyck. As usual, these prints are just $35 USD for all seven prints, with free shipping to the US and Canada! These are some seriously great prints!

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Next up: never miss another print set! Cloudy Collection subscriptions start with Volume II! In addition to all the great prints you’ve come to know, you’ll also get an exclusive, subscriber-only t-shirt collaboratively designed by Volume I artist Elio and me, plus a variety of other bonuses and surprises. Get all the details here.

And finally, don’t miss the Edition 3 prints, now $5 off until New Year’s.

More Cloudy Collection announcements will come in the new year, but for now, isn’t this enough? What more do you want from me?

Design Inspiration

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

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The Design Inspiration blog has just posted an interview I did with them. Check it out for some more thoughts about the way I work, how I got started, and get a peek at a few things I’m working on…

The image above is one of my contributions to the fantastic fundraiser Robots and Monsters. A donor pays a small fee, and then tells the artist if he wants a robot or a monster and gives three words to describe that robot or monster. I pick up the assignment and send back my drawing to the organizer, Joe Alterio. The drawing here happened to be “Robot: clumsy, elephant, lightbulb.”

SPX! FTW!

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
thanks to Dan Wyke for the cell phone photo!

thanks to Dan Wyke for the cell phone photo!

Well I’m probably one of the last people to write up his SPX experience, but WOW I had an amazing weekend in Bethesda, MD! Rather than rehash a lot of what has already been said about the weekend, I’ll tell my favorite parts and link to the rest. (Plus I didn’t bring a camera, so I only have borrowed photos.)

First of all, many thanks to my fabulous hosts Kristin and Corey Enck! Kristin is a grad school friend, and Corey is her freshly-minted husband (they got married in August!), though I’ve known Corey almost as long as I’ve known Kristin. I barely spent any time in their home in DC, but the bed was comfy and the kitchen had fresh apple pie in it – what more could I need?

Second, another thank-you to Kristin, and also to Megan Halsband and Lou Joseph, two more friendly faces from my days at Carolina, who showed up at my table at SPX. Lou deserves a double thank-you (or quadruple, or even more) for inviting me to participate in the Infinite Folio two years ago. It was for that project that I first drew the cloud-full-of-eyes that I am so obsessed with these days.

thank you to Scott Edelman for the purchase and write-up

thank you to Scott Edelman for the purchase and write-up

And yet more thank yous to give out: to all of you who came by my table and talked or asked for doodles, and especially those of you who paid good money for some of my work, THANK YOU for doing your part to help make this a viable career for me! It is always great to make and meet new friends and fans, especially face-to-face. (some kind words by Scott Edelman are posted here)

Kate Beaton, Scott Campbell, Dustin Harbin, and little old me...

Kate Beaton, Scott Campbell, Dustin Harbin, and little old me...

Finally, to my peers and heroes who adopted me into their circle of bro-ship and made my weekend super-extra-fantastically fun, thank you to Dustin Harbin, Kate Beaton, and Cloudy Collection artist (and so much more!) Scott Campbell. I hesitate to list all the other names, because I will surely miss some of you, but it was fantastic to meet you, Phil McAndrew, Steve Wolfhard, Pen Ward, Eleanor Davis, Richard Stevens, Meredith Gran, Jah Furry, Brian Heater, Joe Lambert and his wife Rebecca, Will Dinski (who I first met in Minneapolis), and of course my table buddy, Dan Wyke.

Okay, so rather than try to retell stories that have been told by better storytellers than me, here are some great posts about the weekend by people I spent a lot of time with:
• Dustin Harbin’s tale in three parts, plus a comic: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and the comic
• Dan Wyke’s write-up

a crazy doodle request - thanks, Beth Isaacson!

a crazy doodle request fulfilled! - thanks, Beth Isaacson!

Scarlet! Drawn! Derby!

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

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It’s been an exciting few weeks over here, and the next few promise more fun! Besides the fact that we’ve been turning the harvest from our plum tree into prunes, fruit leather, and jam, last week (on 09/09/09) we released the latest edition of the Cloudy Collection, “The Scarlet Lettering”! Check it out, and hurry if you want a set from the “Hovels & Hideaways” edition: they are almost gone.

The other big news is that the world-renowned blog of illustration, Drawn!, has redesigned, and in the process, I’ve joined the ranks of contributors! Along with the other two new contributors, Cloudy Collection alumni Meg Hunt and S.Britt, I hope to add my own perspective to the website. So far, I’ve done three posts, and I’ve got another two or three lined up for later this week. Find my posts here.

And for those of you in the Minneapolis area, cancel your plans for Saturday: the opening of Pink Hobo’s Pinewood Derby Art Car Show starts at 7pm! And be sure to stick around until 10 – they’re renting a track and racing the cars! I wish I could be there for the fun – I expect photos and video of the races from those of you who are there!

Finally, here’s a list of the things I’m gathering to take with me to SPX at the end of the month:

  • two brand new mini-comics: At Least It’s Company and Please Pay Attention
  • four brand new screenprints
  • my TIGER! letterpress print
  • any Cloudy Collection prints and ephemera I still have by that time
  • some new, leery-eyed pin-back buttons (see below)
  • more of my Mountain Man mini-comics
  • some new postcards
  • any other surprises I can pull off by then (tick-tock! time is slipping by!)
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