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UPDATE: More detailed Special Edition NYC info! Hope to see some of you this weekend!

Thanks for enjoying The Librarian's New Sweater! Thanks to BimboFans for squeezing a quick series out of me. I hadn't posted anything just for the sake of doing it in a long time, and I had a lot of fun making it. I really meant to only post one a day, but I can't help myself. And also, thanks for voting me as your favorite in the Cursed Clothing Contest!

Anyway, it's time for me to slink back into the shadows as I buckle down and get moving on the next Underburbs, as well as get to some comic cons (for which I'll have to emerge from the shadows)! Here's the rundown of where I'll be peddling funny books and commissioned sketches:

Special Edition NYC, June 6-7


Pier 94
711 12th Avenue
New York, NY

Saturday: 10a-7p
Sunday: 10a-5p


The Underburbs return to New York City for SpEd's second year of an all-comics, all-creators, no-holds-barred, rootin'-tootin' con! This time, it's being held at Pier 94 instead of the Javits Center. Come for the comics, stay for all the exposed ducts!

MASSive Comic Con, June 27-28
This is a brand-new show put on by the good folks at Double Midnight Comics. See how they use the setting of Massachusetts as a novelty in the title? That's how you know they're from New Hampshire. Was that even a dis? I don't know. But I do know the show will be at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. (Have fun pronouncing that, non-New-Englanders!)


Don't forget, all three of our trade paperbacks are available at as real books and digital downloads! Enjoy The Underburbs your way, as long as your way is one of the two ways mentioned in the previous sentence. (Enter "Underburbs" in the search window.)…

I'm not going to pretend that Norman Lee and I were inseparable chums or anything like that, but I'd feel bad if I didn't say anything. Years ago, T.J. and I met Norman at one of several little rinky-dink cons held in Boston roughly every other week. At the time, I think he was working on Mary Jane Loves Spider-Man or something. Anyway, the small size and lack of traffic at these mini-cons gave those of us in Artist Alley (aka Conference Room D) a chance to mill about and socialize. Norman complimented our very early work (we had maybe 2 or 3 issues out at the time), and that was a legitimizing moment for me. A Massachusetts native was working for the big guys, and he liked our stuff, and he was a good guy all-around. I dunno. It's not much of a story, but it's all I got. He was at the very least another face I looked forward to seeing at conventions. For something like this to happen to a nice guy who was just enjoying a vacation with his wife... it just sucks.
I know I never formally opened them all year, but I need to get to work on Underburbs #16. If you've paid for one, it's on the way. If you've sent me a note for one and haven't paid yet, please do so and I'll get to yours in a timely fashion.
  • Listening to: Protomartyr, "Under Color of Official Right"
  • Playing: Majora's Mask 3D & Kirby's Clay Rainbow Whatever
  • Drinking: Trader Josef's Dunkelweisen
It's out.

Get hype here:…

Get book(s) here:…

Oh yeah, and thanks for all the birthday wishes, everyone!
  • Listening to: FREEMAN
  • Watching: Bojack Horseman
  • Playing: Smash Bros. 3DS / Bayo 2 demo
  • Eating: Sushi
  • Drinking: Flying Dog Hefeweisen
Just wanted to let everyone know I'm still around, despite my media blackout for the past month or so.  I've been working constantly to make some new content for my upcoming Underburbs Volume III: Party Mix!  If any of you have either of the first two trade paperbacks, you've hopefully read through the special features (commentary by the artist/characters, deleted scenes, sketches, etc.).  As the issues get more recent, though, there's less content to go around.  So this time I did a 12-page bonus comic.  That's been keeping me from doing pretty much anything else for all of August.  I know there are a few of you who may be looking for commissions, and hopefully I can squeeze them in between finishing this book and the holiday season. (I do work in retail, after all.)

If anyone is in New England this fall and wants to hunt me down, take a look at the journal in the Underburbs gallery.

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  • Listening to: New Pornographers, "War on the East Coast"
  • Reading: My own stuff for spelling errors
  • Watching: Derek (show on Netflix, not just some guy)
  • Playing: Super Mario 3D Land
  • Eating: PBJ Donut!
  • Drinking: Iced Coffee
First off, a big thanks to every who came out to New York and Philadelphia! It was a lot of fun, as always. Be sure to go to my Underburbs gallery to see all the new sketches and stuff that came from these two back-to-back comic cons!

Second, and I know I say this all the time, I gotta get myself back to work on the next Underburbs issue and trade paperback. As anyone who's read our trades knows, I like to throw in extra goodies rather than just repackage a couple issues and call it a day. The next trade will have issues 8-11. The more recent the issues get, the less doodles I have lying around for compilation's sake. So to fill the space, I'm planning a 10-page bonus comic.

But I don't want to leave everyone here twisting in the wind while I'm doing that, so once I get into the groove (which is always pretty well kick-started by a few cons) I will try to take on commissions. Nothing too long, of course. If you're looking for comics, I'd like to keep them down to simple, three-page max ideas. Short sequences and pin-ups may also be available in this vague future. 

I know I have a couple short things I've promised to a few of you who've already come forward and asked me for stuff. I haven't forgotten! Once I get all my ducks in a row, I'll make a more official post with rates and slots and all that good stuff that artists should know how to do.
  • Listening to: Jay-Z x Kanye West, "No Church in the Wild"
  • Watching: House of Cards
  • Playing: Mario Kart 8
Next week's gonna be big! BIG I SAY! Monday, I can expect a box of fresh new Underburbs comics. Tuesday, I will roll around in a pile of Underburbs #15 while I watch a full friggin' day of Nintendo E3 baloney. Wednesday, I will drive straight to Best Buy from work and play me some Smash 4. Thursday, I will clean off that pile of Underburbs #15 I rolled around in. Friday, I will go to work and try to bug out early so I can get some rest for Special Edition NYC. But I won't get rest. I'll be playing Mario Kart.

Special Edition NYC
June 14-15
Javits Center

This is a new convention put on by the organizers of the New York Comic Con. Unlike its multimedia big brother, Special Edition is all about comics, and we're proud to be a part of its inaugural Artist Alley. Find us at table U2. It might be tough to find because the streets have no name.

Philadelphia Comic Con
June 20-22
Philadelphia Convention Center

The Underburbs return once more to Philly… kind of! Sadly, due to scheduling conflicts, T.J. won't be able to attend. Instead, I will be joined by Ms. DNA herself, (not Mrs. yet) Meg LaViolette! Find us at table F42.
  • Listening to: Metronomy, "Love Letters"
  • Reading: A Dance with Dragons
  • Watching: House of Cards
  • Playing: Mario Kart 8
  • Eating: half-price calzone!
  • Drinking: Limeade
I don't usually use this space for op-ed pieces about video games, so I think this should just about cover it:…

UPDATE: Some dickweed reported my post for spoilers. Jesus Christ, all I want to do is share a drawing with Miiverse. And what exactly did I spoil? That Mega Man is in Smash Bros? That he can perform a Final Smash, like literally every other character in the game? I hope that little shit reported Sakurai for posting a video of the thing I alluded to in my drawing.  Wow, that grinds my fucking gears.
After much soul-searching and overwhelming demand, I have decided to discontinue the Angela's Magic Lesson series. I started it as a way to have lots of art to post, but it's been taking too much time from my one true passion: hardcore porn. Get ready to see lots of poles and holes on this page.
Now that April Fools' Day is over, I just want to give a quick heads-up that Underburbs co-creator T.J. Dort and I are officially guests of the first-ever Camden Comic Con!  It will be held at Rutgers University this Saturday, April 5 from 10am-4pm.  We'll be signing books, doing sketches, and being as personable as can be after waking up at 3am to drive to Jersey.

No, we won't have Underburbs #15 yet, but I have finished inking it and we'll be glad to drop you little hints about it.  Here's one now: every page features a character who's been out of the spotlight for awhile!

By the way, there will be plenty more guests at this shindig, so check out the links below, and adjust your weekend plans accordingly.…
  • Listening to: Broken Bells, SM+Jicks
  • Reading: My Custom Van
  • Watching: House of Cards
  • Playing: Dong Freeze
  • Eating: Dark Chocolate Pretzels
  • Drinking: Scotch
Just wanted to say a quick hello to everyone! I know it's been a little quiet lately. I've been busy working on lots of Underburbs-related stuff, like a new issue and some spiffy banners for conventions. Then I'll be busy compiling sketches and creating new content for the third Underburbs trade paperback. Basically, I'm drawing, but for the most part it's 'offline' artwork.

Hopefully at some point I'll start taking commissions again, but I've been shirking my responsibility to my own projects for too long.

But thanks for watching as always. I hope to post some surprises in the future!
  • Listening to: Broken Bells, SM+Jicks
  • Reading: My Custom Van
  • Watching: House of Cards
  • Playing: Dong Freeze
  • Eating: Dark Chocolate Pretzels
  • Drinking: Scotch
Hey dudes!  Thanks for all your views and commissions and support throughout 2013.  See you next year!  In the meantime, though, make sure to check out the Transformation Repository for the next couple weeks.  Rosemary's got some tough competition in the La De Baucherie Fashion Show, so it's up to you guys to vote for your favorite!  I'm not gonna lie; I hope your favorite is mine.  Happy Holidays!  All of them!

UPDATE: Thanks for voting, everyone!  Rosemary took third prize.  It was a close race (for second at least).  Stay tuned to the TransRepo in January for the fashion portion to begin!  There'll be plenty of opportunities to vote then as well!
  • Listening to: MF Doom, "MM Food"
  • Reading: Berkeleyworks
  • Watching: Maniac
  • Playing: NES Remix / Deus Ex:HR:DC
  • Eating: Headless Gingerbread Man
  • Drinking: Stout
Well, it looks like it's time for me to put on the brakes once again.  The holidays are fast approaching, and time for commissions will dwindle to next to nothing due to work, Christmas shopping, working on Underburbs #15 (HAHAHAHA), and sad attempts at free time.  But thanks to everyone for commissioning, commenting, faving, and putting up with over half a year of seeing the same square format for 99% of my submissions.  There's still enough AML to last throughout the rest of November, and there may be a few surprises trickling here and there in December.  If I don't post anything else in the journal for the rest of 2013, then I hope everybody has a happy series of holidays!


Here's what's left of AML for 2013:

NOV 18-22 :iconrobertmacquarrie1:

NOV 23-24 :anonymous weekend:

NOV 25-27 :iconcraptacular123:

NOV 28: I'm not postin' nothin.  I'm eating turkey and playing Super Mario 3D World with my bro.

NOV 29-30 :iconpulledpork:

DEC 1-3 :icondocotto:

DEC 4 :iconelrunion136:

DEC 5 :iconrenee-niels:

DEC 6-?: Working retail, but stay tuned to :iconmr-dna: and :iconunderburbs:


This Chain Series (inspired by :icondragon-fangx:) features Angela Morgan, the protagonist of my comic series, The Underburbs.  I want to have fun with it, and I want you to have fun with it.  And really, what says "fun" more than a bulleted list of rules and guidelines?

•It is $10 to commission the next step or epilogue.  I accept PayPal at    If possible, please pay up front, just so I'm not chasing anyone down for payment when their piece is scheduled for posting.  But please note me before throwing money at me!

•I'm using a single background and coloring the character digitally, so I won't be mailing originals for this one.  I would like to take this opportunity to point out that every one of these (other than the  handful or recolors) is drawn from scratch.  I am not editing files in Photoshop to slightly alter the image from one step to the next.  (That actually sounds like more work to me.)

•When sending the PayPal, please include a short message describing what the commission was.  That way, I know who paid without having to try to match a real name to a dA username.

•I reserve the right to decide what constitutes a single step.  This means don't go nuts.  Angela can't have tingly hair in one step and be a three-headed dragon the next.

•Keep it appropriate.  Angela is my character from my comic, so there's going to be some level of attachment on my part. (I wasn't even sure I wanted to trot her out like this, but it's all in fun and NON-CANON). More importantly, she's also supposed to be 13 years old.  And while Age Progression is certainly a factor in this situation, that doesn't mean there's going to be any sex/nudity.

•With that in mind, I reserve the right to turn down ideas based on content or if I just don't think I'll be able to do it justice.  (I've already seen a couple suggestions in the comments that I'm not sure will even work in the Underburbs art style.)

•Oh yeah, no turning her into other licensed characters.  That's not how I roll.

UPDATE: I'm actually not charging anything at all for the recolors, if your commission happens to require one.  You don't have to pay me a dollar for my time of posting something on the Internet.  That's silly.  People do that for free literally every day.

'NUTHER UPDATE: There are a lot of people just dropping numbers in the comments.  That's fine, because it adds the whole vox populi angle, but just remember that this is, in fact, a commission chain.

And one more thing:  anyone to whom I've promised commissions?  I'm still doin' em!
  • Listening to: Arcade Fire:&quot;Reflektor&quot;/Cut Copy:&quot;F
  • Watching: Portlandia
  • Playing: Senran Kagura Burst
First off, I know I'm not good at maintaining a simple list of commissions.  So I'll just say that my dance card is full, and that'll be that.  I got some other things to say.

I live in Salem, Massachusetts.  Home of the infamous with trials and setting of the next Rob Zombie movie.  A mere seventeen miles from here is Boston, which in a week's time has seen a bombing that has taken lives and limbs from people trying to enjoy a marathon on a warm spring day, a series of shootings (with even more bombs and injuries and fatalities), a region-wide lockdown, and a manhunt that is going on as I type this journal entry.  And while it sounds crass to even bring it up in light of these events, this was supposed to be the weekend of the Boston Comic Con, an event that artists and fans alike look forward to all year.  Due to all the madness of the past week, it has been postponed.  It will happen at some point this year, so it's not like I'm sitting here feeling sorry of myself while children are dead or maimed.  

No, the reason I bring it up at all is because I wanted to give a shout-out to my friends and fellow artists at Tryptic Press for doing something that I found truly amazing.  In lieu of the Boston Comic Con, they are going to hold their own convention in their studio space in Beverly, MA tomorrow (April 20).  This is something that a lot of artists (and really anyone around here) truly need.  We only got the news of the cancellation less than 24 hours before the BCC was going to open, and these guys took it upon themselves to get on their phones and emails and facebooks to contact every artist they could think of, round them up, and basically just have a cool get-together where people can come see the art we were looking forward to displaying.  There are actually quite a few MA/New England comic shops doing similar things.

The more cynical among us may be thinking, "so, you're just going to find a way to squeeze money out of people during a time of tragedy, eh?"  Don't feel bad for thinking it.  Hell, I thought it and typed it just now.  But I feel like the last thing we need after this week is one more disappointment.  Many of us have friends or family, or at least know someone who knows someone who was affected by the vicious act of this past Monday, and we need relief.  I always joked about doing things in the name of "not letting the terrorists win," but there really is some validity to that.  This "make-up convention", or even the regular one that got postponed, isn't about the money.  (Let's face it, The Underburbs has only paid for itself for the last seven years, and I consider myself fortunate for that much.)  It really is about the people.  It's the faces I look forward to seeing at all the cons I go to, and that's what makes this such an important gesture.  It's about seeing our friends, being part of a community, and not letting a couple cowards with a bag of pipe bombs dictate even the most trivial parts of our lives.

I hope that made any modicum of sense.  I don't usually need to use this space to speak from the heart.
  • Mood: Distracted
  • Listening to: Flaming Lips, &quot;The Terror&quot;
  • Reading: &quot;A Once Crowded Sky&quot;
  • Watching: It&#039;s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • Playing: Luigi&#039;s Mansion 2
Hey everybody!  I just paid my rent, fixed my brakes, and did my taxes.  Coincidentally, I think it's time to open some commissions!  Here's the drill:


Comics are hand-drawn on 8.5" x 11" paper.

b/w (pencil & ink) page: $30
color (traditional or digital) page: $60

Please keep the approximate panel count down to six per page.  And if you supply dialogue, keep in mind that I may change it slightly to fit the artwork.  Also, keep it simple as far as characters go. 2-3 characters works best for this.


1. ZeroForever
2. Thrandrall (more of a series of pin-ups, but I'm putting it here in terms of workload)
3. Deiser


Pin-ups are hand-drawn on 11" x 14" watercolor paper, and I'll more than likely do watercolors for all pin-ups.

b/w (pencil & ink): $30
color (traditional or digital): $50

Pin-ups are single character.  If there's a duo or something you absolutely need, we'll work something out rate-wise.


1. Raspberry Mage

What will I/won't I do?  I'll take that case by case.  Either way, just send me a note if you want somethin'!  I'm gonna go totally crazy and put up three slots for comics AND pin-ups!
  • Mood: Distracted
  • Listening to: TMBG, &quot;Nanobots&quot;
  • Reading: &quot;A Once Crowded Sky&quot;
  • Watching: It&#039;s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • Playing: Luigi&#039;s Mansion 2
  • Eating: Easter Ham
  • Drinking: Belgian White
Wow, I can't believe how close I am to one million pageviews!  I don't think I've ever had a million of anything before, so I would like to celebrate.  If anyone has any party suggestions, post them here.  And while you're at it, take a look at my other gallery if you haven't already.  Maybe in another seven years, that one will have a million views as well.  Okay, maybe half a million.
  • Mood: Distracted
  • Listening to: Father John Misty, &quot;Fear Fun&quot;
  • Reading: America Again
  • Watching: Django Unchained
  • Playing: Arkham City: Armored Edition
  • Eating: Spicy Chicken Cup Noodles
  • Drinking: Water
Those of you who got a Wii U, my ID is Mr.DNA.  I've been drawing things at the close of nearly every world in NSMBU.  I didn't think much of the Miiverse thing when it was first announced, but it's pretty neat so far.
  • Mood: Distracted
  • Listening to: How to Destroy Angels
  • Reading: A Feast for Crows
  • Watching: Mad Mn
  • Playing: New Super Mario Bros. U
  • Eating: Garlic Rosemary Pork Chops
  • Drinking: White Wine
Well, NYCC could not have gone any better (unless maybe a publisher picked us up right there in Artist Alley).  It exceeded my expectations though.  Between selling books (selling out of some!), doing sketches, and obsessively checking my 3DS for Streetpass hits, I was barely able to leave my table.  (Thank goodness for Exhibitor Passes and early entry.  I might never have played the Wii U otherwise.)  So thanks to everybody who made it out there, especially fellow dA denizens ZeroForever and ThemeGuy for keeping me busy over the long weekend.  And a very special thanks to all the people who wished me a Happy Birthday.  As cool as it sounds to spend your birthday at a comic con, in New York no less, it was still a business trip.  The con leaves us too wiped out to go out and party.  Also, most of my friends and family are in Massachusetts.  So having that kind of outpouring from people who enjoy my art enough to actually care about my birthday really meant a lot to me.

So I'm trying to unwind after all that, but also trying not to unwind too much.  I've got a big commission from ZeroForever that I'm coloring.  Then I've got an Underburbs release party at New England Comics in Harvard Square this weekend.  After that, I'm off to the Rhode Island Comic Con, where hopefully I'll sell more books and do more sketches.

Oh, and if you're wondering exactly what it is I do at these comic cons or what the heck an "underburb" is, I suggest you click on this guy right here :iconunderburbs:

Also, The Wonderful 101 is freakin' amazing.
  • Mood: Distracted
  • Listening to: Metronomy
  • Reading: A Feast for Crows
  • Watching: 30 Rock season 6
  • Playing: Code of Princess
  • Eating: Five Guys
  • Drinking: Cherry Vanilla Mr. Pibb
First, the good news.  I have a car again.  The front end looks brand new!  And while I certainly didn't get out of it cheap, it was certainly better than it could have been.  I can now get back to getting my life in order.  Depending on people for rides was a drag, but riding my bike to work wasn't so bad.

The great news is that I can drive my working, mostly-dent-free car all the way to New York City from October 12-14, as I'll be sitting behind an Artist Alley Table at the New York Comic Con, selling brand new copies of Underburbs: Volume 2, as well as all the other individual issues, sketches, and more.  Apparently, someone dropped out at the last minute, leaving me an opening to swoop in and grab it.  Big thanks go to Bob Shaw for finding that opening.  I don't know what my table number is yet, but if you like The Underburbs on Facebook, I'll be keeping up to the minute updates.

UPDATE:  I'll be at Artist Alley Table B5.

In other news, I also had me a real illustration job, thanks to one of my pals from art school.  I don't think I can go into detail here regarding who the client is (I didn't have to sign an NDA, but I think it was implied), but I can tell you that it was one of the longest work days of my life.  I had to drive from Massachusetts to Connecticut (roughly 3 hours) right out of work.  I slept at a friend's house (the same friend who landed me the gig).  Then I woke up at 7am, had a quick breakfast, left at 8 to drive to the studio so I could get there by 9.  It was there that I had to make a series of drawings on a marker board.  They had to film me doing this so they can edit it together and play it back at high speed.  This is all to create what I think will be a 2-3 minute presentation.  I was there until 3:30 the next morning.  Drawing.  On a vertical board.  With my arm stretched out to the side as far as it could go so my body wouldn't be in the shot.  And then I made the 3-hour drive home so I could go to work the next morning.  So to anybody out there I've promised commissions to, I'm a little wiped at the moment but I will try to get it together in the coming weeks.  I haven't forgotten you, which is surprising because I can barely remember my own name after all this.
  • Mood: Distracted
  • Listening to: Cat Power, Sun
  • Reading: A Feast for Crows
  • Watching: Sherlock
  • Playing: Kirby Dream Collection

Hey, guess what, everybody?  The new trade paperback of The Underburbs is out.   Simply called Underburbs: Volume II, it is a collection of Issues 4 through 7, and has nearly 30 pages of special features, like deleted scenes, early sketches, and character commentary.

If you don't know what The Underburbs is, then you should click on this right now, and give my other gallery the love and attention it deserves.  You can even click it before you finish reading this journal.  This has been the end of the good news, and there is no fun beyond this sentence.

•••BAD NEWS•••

Hey, so guess what else happened?  I wrecked my car!  First of all, nobody involved in the collision was hurt, so that's good.  But I don't even know what's going on with my car.  They haven't even been able to get the hood open yet.  I'm hoping I'm not going to end up paying for a bunch of body work just so they can find out the engine is completely effed.  

What does that mean here on DeviantArt?  Well, not having a car throws my life into more chaos than usual.  As a result, I've been in a state of suspended inspiration.  It's hard to get in the mood to create art when I have to think about how to get to work, where to buy groceries, talk to insurance people/mechanics, etc.  I'm trying to find time to finish the commissions I'm on, and hopefully get to the people who have sent notes.  It will happen.  Hopefully, this mess will be cleared up before the end of the month.
  • Mood: Distracted
  • Listening to: Paule Banks, Julian Plenti Lives
  • Reading: A Feast for Crows
  • Watching: Mad Men
  • Playing: NSMB 2