Looking Back at the Last Few Months

Below are a couple of recent Strip Mall comics, my collaborative webcomic with my good friend Ben Zmith about the denizens of a strip mall. We’re almost up to 50 episodes (out of a projected 150 or so).

I’ve had a very busy few months with lots of freelance and personal projects. I’ve finished illustrating a kids’ book, built a bunch of HTML 5 banners, made a few videos, and designed a couple websites and a bunch of logos… and that is just the client work.

The biggest personal project was probably putting together my animation reel  and portfolio website (just digging through the last 15 years of work for what I wanted to use in them was a pretty huge project). Back in October, I did an illustration a day for the online events #drawloween and #inktober, which you can see here. I designed a few t-shirts that were up for voting on Threadless (none of them made the final cut… maybe next time!). I’ve also been working furiously finishing up a top-secret game project that I’ve been developing for the last year or so, which I really can’t wait to get out into the world.

I recently moved into an awesome studio space in the Thorp Building in NE Minneapolis (now known as World Monster Headquarters, the most terrifying cartooning studio in Minneapolis) joining my talented friends Zander Cannon, Lupi McGinty, Dan Olson, Dan Murphy, Ryan Dow, Carlos Merino, Ted Anderson and Robert Algeo. We are one of the few establishments in NE Minneapolis that is not a brewery.

Hope the new year brings much success, luck and inspiration to you!

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Strip Mall Premieres (and an update on other current projects)

I’ve been working for the last couple of years on two projects with my Monkey’s Paw collaborator Ben Zmith (AKA Dell Dracula). The first one, Strip Mall, is now being posted every Wednesday as an online webcomic here. You can subscribe to it here.

We’re also going to be releasing it as a series of mini-comics… we published the first one a while ago, and will be reprinting it soon along with a second issue.

The other project is probably called Cyclops Monkey Rampage… and will most likely be online soon as well.

I’ve also been working on a collaborative comic with my pal Maxeem Konrardy called BUG MEN… that will be a more traditional comic book series rather than a series of comic strips. We’re still discussing the best way to present it online… it will be in print sometime in the next couple years.

Beyond all of that, I’ve been very busy creating and play-testing a card game to amuse myself and my daughters. I haven’t determined how to bring that into the world yet, but I think I will be pursuing some crowd-funding option for it. Wish me luck!

Beer Drinker’s Hall of Fame: 2013 – “Hundred I.B.U.” Bill Hurst #postersandpints #beerdrinkershalloffame

I’m participating in the upcoming Posters and Pints show happening on June 21st (TONIGHT!) in Northeast Minneapolis. For my poster, I’ve drawn the inductees in the Beer Drinker’s Hall of Fame from 1972 to 2013… this is the final one in the series I’ve been posting. You can buy a copy of the signed/numbered poster of the complete line-up for 30 bucks at the show tonight, if you’re inclined. Hope to see you there!

Beer Drinker’s Hall of Fame: 2012 – Molly “Mash Tun” #postersandpints #beerdrinkershalloffame

I’m participating in the upcoming Posters and Pints show happening on June 21st (TONIGHT!) in Northeast Minneapolis. For my poster, I’ve drawn the inductees in the Beer Drinker’s Hall of Fame from 1972 to 2013. I’ll be posting loads of images of these heroes of inebriation every day until the show (where you’ll be able to buy a copy of the signed/numbered poster of the complete line-up for 30 bucks, if you’re inclined). Hope to see you there!

Beer Drinker’s Hall of Fame: 2011 – “Zymurgy” Jones #postersandpints #beerdrinkershalloffame

I’m participating in the upcoming Posters and Pints show happening on June 21st (TONIGHT!) in Northeast Minneapolis. For my poster, I’ve drawn the inductees in the Beer Drinker’s Hall of Fame from 1972 to 2013. I’ll be posting loads of images of these heroes of inebriation every day until the show (where you’ll be able to buy a copy of the signed/numbered poster of the complete line-up for 30 bucks, if you’re inclined). Hope to see you there!

Beer Drinker’s Hall of Fame: 2010 – “Two-Fisted” Bob Turk #postersandpints #beerdrinkershalloffame

I’m participating in the upcoming Posters and Pints show happening on June 21st (TONIGHT!) in Northeast Minneapolis. For my poster, I’ve drawn the inductees in the Beer Drinker’s Hall of Fame from 1972 to 2013. I’ll be posting loads of images of these heroes of inebriation every day until the show (where you’ll be able to buy a copy of the signed/numbered poster of the complete line-up for 30 bucks, if you’re inclined). Hope to see you there!