yuppy fight!

This is one of the first journal type comics I ever drew, back in 2006ish. I actually drew maybe ten or fifteen comics like this and then stopped abruptly for some reason and didn't try my hand at this kind of thing again for quite a few years. Right click for slightly improved legibility.


Daniel Rabel

Here are some wonderful designs for grotesque characters and costumes by the French painter and engraver Daniel Rabel (1578-1637) from the always-great-for-a-browse RMN site. A few of my favorites below.


Miss Beverly Glick and the Case of the Mysterious Assassin

Below is one of the first comics I ever drew, from I think 2006. It's called 'Miss Beverly Glick and the Case of the Mysterious Assassin.' Nowadays I post all my comics online immediately after I've made them. But with this comic, and all of my earlier comics and drawings, I would work for months without showing anyone anything. I don't know if the final art is better or worse for that, but it certainly is the product of patience.


Parade of monsters

This incredibleness of demons in hell is from a series of hand scrolls of 'Illustrated Legends of the Kitano Tenjin Shrine', from the 13th century (at the Met).

And Night Parade of One Hundred Demons.



Started this one and then got bored.


Jazz on a Summer's Day

Recently watched the documentary Jazz on a Summer's Day, shot in 1959 at the Newport Jazz Festival. I thought certain members of the audience would make great character reference (apparently some of the audience were brought in later and filmed while watching a rough cut of the documentary).


Don't mess up

Looking at a bunch of different images this evening searching for ideas, some French satirists and New Yorker cartoonists, plus this video. Then I get a sense of what I want to make, it's elusive but it starts out as a feeling. Tonight the feeling is slightly sentimental, and came from this Charles Addams drawing and the astounding work of Kitty Crowther.


Butternut squash soup


Infinite jest

I saw a great exhibition about satire and caricature, and thought it would be fun to do a little comic in the spirit of 18th century French and English satirical drawings. It's going to be called "Love at the Boarding House." Here are some of the characters.



I have spent the past few months struggling to finish my children's novel. The first half of the story was such a breeze. It's the second half that is the toughest part for me. Needless to say I have been spending much of my free time in libraries or coffee shops, which has made for a very pleasant and peaceful season.


Lady and her mirror

A piece of a drawing-in-progress.


Rooftop doodle


Yasujiro Ozu

I recently watched Yasujir┼Ź Ozu's Equinox Flower (1958), and I thought this was a good opportunity to post some stills from a couple of Ozu movies. He is one of my favorite directors, and his films occasionally find their way into some of my work.

From Floating Weeds (1959):

From Late Spring (1949):

While I find his premises and plots to be dated and sometimes tedious (lots of daughters passively caring for aging fathers and low-grade squabbling between couples), his movies are visual poetry. Most of the stills below are from my favorite of his movies, Floating Weeds, as well as Equinox Flower and An Autumn Afternoon (1962).


101 Dalmations

I watched Disney's 1961 101 Dalmations this afternoon and my suspicions were confirmed; this movie is less for children and more for artists and animators to drool over. It's a celebration of the 1950s magazine and book illustration aesthetic. The colors are striking as well; they go from bright rainbow hues to sad grays to angry reds as the mood of the movie changes. Exquisite stuff! I've posted a bunch of stills below.



Another post from my now-defunct former blog:

An enormous trove of aristotypes of Bretons by the sea in the town of Concarneau, by Charles Augustin Lhermitte (1881-1945), all taken around 1912, on the RMN site. Below is just a small sampling, for more click here.