Thursday, December 25, 2008

MCD Holiday Card

New daily drawing up at Partyka: MCD Holiday Card.

Merry season, etc. to everybody.

Saturday, December 20, 2008


New daily drawing up at Partyka: Hitler 3-pack.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Ack th oop

So the site's updated. "Sketchbook" by Damien is up now.

I filled in some blank time with things. Here are hands:

It's not that cold inside, but I just realized I've left my hat on all night.

Some days it's a miracle I get anything done at all.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Happy Birthday Hana

Right, so, a big welcome to Hana Cheng, who was born Dec. 2:

(artist's conception)

Hana, you probably won't receive this until you are old enough to Google yourself, but good luck out there.

Also: congratulations to Shawn Cheng and Yuka Suzuki, two of my very favorite people.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Partyka's December Guest: Damien Jay

Hello, and welcome to December! Partyka's guest artist this month is Damien Jay, the guy behind The Natural World and other sweet minicomics. Here's his first contribution to the Daily Drawings rotation, Root Clutch:

Additionally, thanks to our awesome guest artists from the past few months, Danica Novgorodoff, Minty Lewis and Idiots' Books, whom I neglected to mention here when the tops of their respective months rolled around. Having had them as guests on Partyka fills me with uplift, or "elevation."

Friday, November 21, 2008

R&J Pitch 1

New daily drawing up on Partyka: Romeo & Juliet Pitch 1.

The backlog has been filled in with colorful things. We hope to continue on a more regular basis, but the production line at Wieglecorp must occasionally halt to make time for union-mandated shooting-ourselves-in-the-foot-over-and-over.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Thursday, October 9, 2008

They Fought A Running Engagement/Midnight In The Empire

I'm in an art show at Fredericks Freiser Gallery in NYC that's opening this weekend. It has a guy's head blowing up in it:
The gallery's got two rooms: in the front will be "Midnight in the Empire," Zak Smith's solo show. Then, in the back, there'll be a show of collaborative drawing projects, which I'm in, and where you'll be able to see that guy's head explode in all its 11"x14" glory. Anyway, here's some text and images from Partyka explaining it:

" Come see what Zak Smith has been up to in the City of Angels – his solo show Midnight in the Empire opens October 10. As a bonus, two ongoing collaborative projects will be unveiled:

On the Road of Knives...
The "battle blog" wherein Zak Smith, Shawn Cheng, and Nicholas Di Genova take turns drawing monsters fighting each other.

Six Versions of Blood Meridian
The heretofore "secret project" taking the one-picture-for-each-page treatment to Cormac McCarthy's violent masterpiece. Features Zak Smith, Sean McCarthy, John Mejias, Craig Taylor, Shawn Cheng, and Matt Wiegle.

Opening Reception
Friday, October 10, 6–8pm
See you there!"

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Alright Okay Alright

New Daily Drawing up on Partyka: I Think It Exists....and the backlog's caught up on again, and our guest this month is Minty Lewis. Who is great.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Friday, August 22, 2008

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Friday, August 8, 2008

Ye Gods

Some days you get up, all set to draw a guy in furs on a mountainside, and then you look at your RSS feed and realize that Milton Caniff nuked you decades before you were even born:
(image via Satisfactory Comics)

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Ninjas ninjas!

New Daily Drawing up at Partyka: Ninja Program-Related Activities 2. Henry, you get your wish while I figure out what I'm doing with these markers I got.

Paping Soap Box Derby Dead.

This blows.

I'm sorry John. Thanks for all the work you did trying to make this happen.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Our August Guest: Chris Wright

Partyka's guest artist for August is the excellent Chris Wright, who draws an elliptical tooth-filled mouth like no one's business, and writes a mean story about drunk/aging/dissolute artists to boot. Here's a panel from his series "Familiar Drunkards:"
His drawings will be appearing on the front page every four days, and you can view a gallery of his work at this link. (also you can buy his book, Inkweed, from Sparkplug).

Thanks for being our guest, Chris!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Man vs. Fly

Oh, right: new drawings up at Partyka: Man vs. Fly is the latest.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

July's Partyka Guest: Matt Kish

I should mention that the guest daily drawer on Partyka for July is our pal Matt Kish of spudd64. His contribution: a gallery of hypothetical "Robot Masters" from a world where Mega Man is even more wonderful than it already is.

(This is "Brass Man.")

Thanks, Matt!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Monday, June 30, 2008


New daily drawing up at Partyka: Treeguy.

A smaller version of this drawing was used in the announcement of's fifth anniversary. I drew Treeguy here with five rings in his trunk as a signifiers of... I don't know, "being five years old," I guess, but this was barely legible at that smaller size. This is what teachers are talking about when they warn you that you're being "too clever-by half."

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Heroes Con I

These fellas were in the upstairs bathroom Saturday at Heroes Con.

This is how you know America has a lot of space left: its citizens still have a reasonable expectation of being able to place an empty stall between each other for their loud restroom conversations. We are a long way from Peak Urinal.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Dirty Arcade I

New daily drawing up at Partyka: Dirty Arcade I.

I went to New York for MoCCA a couple of weeks ago, and then I went to Heroes Con in Charlotte last weekend. It was nice; I met up with/met some very nice folks in both places, and despite slow sales and getting yelled at on the street that I looked "queer" for the first time since high school*, I am prepared to say that the trip to Charlotte was 100% worth it. Maybe I'll draw something about it. Or maybe I'll just draw more dirty video game cabinets.

*I mean, I've had other things yelled at me: Seven or eight years ago, some guys informed me from a passing car that I was "a dork." In all fairness to them I was, at the time, dressed like a dork.**

**Plaid green shorts. Grey Yo La Tengo t-shirt with a picture of Mr. Met on it. Black Vans.***

***I like to believe that I have since become an entirely different person.****

****Although I think I still have that t-shirt.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Test the Vehicle

New daily drawing up at Partyka: Test the Vehicle.

Also, the daily drawing backlog's been caught up on.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Thanks, History

When I was younger, being a Snipper Sniper was just a beautiful dream.
But now, it's science fact:

(Image 1 from The Mourning Star by Kazimir Strzepek. Image 2 from The Illustrated History of Weaponry, by Chuck Wills.)


New daily drawing up on Partyka: Aaaaah!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Monday, April 21, 2008

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Friday, April 11, 2008

A Note On The News Banner

The drawing at the top of this blog depicts a stand that sells CHON food. Frederick Pohl, a science fiction author I read a lot of in high school, proposed that mankind could be saved from starvation by building "factories" that synthesized food from the four elements that most commonly composed it: Carbon, Hydrogen, Oxygen and Nitrogen. He also wanted to put the factories in the Oort Cloud surrounding the solar system, because the Oort is supposed to be heavy on carbon. Of course, given what we now know of the prohibitive cost of space travel, as well as our increasing distrust of processed foods, the whole concept seems faintly ridiculous now. This, I guess, is why it stuck with me.

You can read more about CHON stuff here:

Anyway, I drew the banner the way I did because a small pink technofood factory on a beach is cuter and, maybe, funnier than a massive silver one in space. Maybe I should add in a tanned couple strolling on the boardwalk with a paper cone-bag full of CHON snacks, enjoying the sun and the great taste of molecules.

I was originally going to name the blog "CHON food" too, but then decided it was too geeky, got butterflies, and went with a reference to the most pointless vocabulary entry from my high-school German class, where I once got so distracted that I colored my entire left forearm and hand yellow with a highlighter. The end.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Manga Shakespeare is kicking my ass

Here's how you know it's time to stop googling yourself:

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Metal Policeman

New daily drawing up at Partyka: Metal Policeman.Also, I filled up my backlog just as we switched to the new format, so there's some new-ish stuff in the Winter 2008 archive as well.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Scalp Hunter

New Daily Drawing on Partyka: Scalp Hunter.

I've caught up on my backlog, too.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Monday, January 7, 2008

An actual, factual object

I got a copy of The No-Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels: Romeo and Juliet in the mail today from Sparknotes. It feels odd to hold, in my hands, a book I drew without having experienced an intermediary stage of xeroxing and stapling. The trade-off for that, I guess, is that I finished the art about a year ago and the book's just coming out now. Here it is:
Some things about it:
  • It's a little over 200 pages long, and measures 6 inches by 9 inches.
  • The book was originally going to be published with Shakespeare's text on the left leaf of each two-page spread, with the right leaf occupied by the corresponding comics page, but that's been done away with and now it's 100% comics. I figured, back when I was drawing this, that there was a better-than-even chance of that happening. I'm business-stupid, but even I recognize that a 400-page book wouldn't be feasible at an education-market price of $9.95. Plus it'd be too heavy to be convenient.
  • I wrote in the blurb at Partyka that the mantra of the graphic novelist is "If I have time, I should go back and try to fix that," and boy is that ever the case here. The book starts to gel somewhere in the third act, and I'm pretty happy with the look of it by the end, but I made drawings, especially in the first two acts, that I wish I'd had more time to fix, even after I spent a couple weeks in late 2006 redrawing the panels with which I was least happy.
  • I'm glad I did it. I think it made me a better cartoonist, and I got to draw for a living for a year. Hopefully these will turn out to have been good things for me, or comics, or someone someday.

Friday, January 4, 2008