Wednesday, December 21, 2011

linocut for "Our Rarer Monsters"

A new linocut, one of eight that will accompany Noel Sloboda's "Our Rarer Monsters", which will be published by sunnyoutside press in 2012.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

After Rembrandt - Pteranodon

A Dutch landscape with a bonus pteranodon. Fun with the fine point pen in the sketchbook. . .

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Lynda Barry thinks about why adults don't draw.

"One idea I have is, the big change that happens in drawing is when a kid is drawing, the paper is a place for an experience. At some point, the paper transforms into a thing that is good or bad, rather than a place where the paper itself isn't -- you've seen kids draw and they don't give a shit [afterward], they just leave [the drawing] on the table. An adult spends the same amount of time [drawing] and they don't know what to do with it. What's it for? They get freaked out about what this thing might be for because there's this idea that it's for something. They don't do that when they take a walk or a bike ride. They don't take a bike ride and then go, "Man, what do I do with this now? I don't know if that was really good. I felt like this was a good bike ride," but then they saw this video and, "No, it wasn't a good bike ride." [Laughs]"

Lynda Barry, thinking about why adults stop drawing.

from an interview with Chris Mautner

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

book cover for "The TSANTA Expedition"

I was delighted to do the drawing for the cover of Joseph Ridgwell's "The Tsanta Expedition", beautifully produced by Bottle of Smoke Press

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Ruffs by Marc Snyder
Ruffs a photo by Marc Snyder on Flickr.

Scratching in the sketchbook, working towards another linocut. . .

Thursday, October 27, 2011

a linocut for Our Rarer Monsters

This is the first of eight linocuts that I am producing for "Our Rarer Monsters", a book of poetry by Noel Sloboda that will be published in 2012 by sunnyoutside press. I'm planning on posting process shots and finished linocuts from the suite of prints as I make them, so tune in over the next couple of months to cheer and/or jeer, as the results merit.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Well, nuts.

One of the pleasures in my life is to wake up to see the sunrise from the top of our hill - here's this morning's edition:

Sadly, one of the pieces of that view is being chopped down today:

How could they cut that particular tree down? Don't they know that it is always beautifully silhouetted in the sunrise?

Ah well. My 5 year old daughter reassured me this morning while we were waiting for the school bus that there are lots of other trees that could be my favorite.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Library Card

Computers have made some things a little less fun. Kindergartners checking out library books is one of those things.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Light Switch, from the "art for jerks" series

Interested in purchasing "Light Switch"? The price is based on a sliding scale determined by the prestige of the location of the light switch. Wall-mounted toggle switch and electrical current not included.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Drawing to be Destroyed

Hopefully transformed, instead of destroyed. A drawing on a linoblock that I've just started cutting.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Barnabas Google, Thespian

For my most recent book, I unearthed images documenting Barney Google's early career as a Shakespearean actor, before he had his big break in the comic strips.

Here's Barney Google as he is more widely known:

And here are a couple of images from the book:

You can see the entire book online, along with a growing archive of older FIMP books.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

"Fleeting Pages" and FIMP on Flickr

I am participating in "Fleeting Pages", a great project taking place next month in Pittsburgh. Fleeting Pages describes itself as "taking over (taking back?) a space, left empty by a failed big box bookstore, for one month, starting MAY 7th, and filling it with independent & self-published work of all kinds, book arts, workshops, and events. All revolving around written self-expression."

The location is the former Borders bookstore in East Liberty. There are currently more than 100 small press publishers, writers, and artists who will be participating, with more coming in all the time.

You can learn more about the project at their website:

Fleeting Pages

And if you are (or know) an artist making books, or a writer writing books, or a publisher publishing books, there's still time to submit work to this event.

I've also been busily uploading FIMP's archive of tiny books to Flickr - you can see all of the artwork from 25 of the tiny books at:

FIMP's books on Flickr

Eventually I'll have the majority of the 106 (and counting) books available online, so you can browse the complete results of a misspent decade at the Fiji Island Mermaid Press.

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Day Before His Great Fall

These are the color collages for "The Day Before His Great Fall", FIMP book #11 from 2001. I'm slowly putting the FIMP archive up on Flickr - you can see (at this point) 24 of the books here.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

I made this dopey little book 10 years ago. . .

So I'm heading into year number 12 of making these little eight page books. I try to make one each month, and I mail them out to subscribers to the FIMP book of the month club.

I'm slowly posting the artwork from these books on Flickr, figuring that if I'm going to spend more than a decade doing something I might as well get it out there. Here are the
first 19 (out of 105) FIMP books that I've uploaded so far.

Here is this month's book, How To Be A Stand-Up Comic In Three Easy Steps.

I tried to model it as closely as possible on a book I made in 2001, How To Be A Magician In Three Easy Steps.

I used to do a lot more collage of the cut it out and glue it down sort back then. These days much more of it happens in the computer. My dopey sense of humor hasn't changed much in ten years, though. My standards for how the books have to look have gotten higher. Or at least, a bit more labor intensive - doesn't necessarily make for a "better" book. I guess you could be the judge of that. Sometimes I like the polish, sometimes I like the ragged edges. . .

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


If you happen to be in St. Louis tonight for the Southern Graphics Council Conference, I'll have a few of my books available at Zinery, a mini exhibition and build-your-own-zine buffet by Winners Press!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Animal Walks Alone

"Animal Walks Alone"

OK I'll blow bubbles
OK I'll blow some clouds
OK I'll blow some super bubbles
OK I'll walk alone
OK I'll hang from a tree
OK I'll jump up and down
OK I'll wear a broken hat
OK I'll take a sun bath

(text from 5 year old Rachel's book "Animal Walks Alone")

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Neither Baffled Nor Amazed

This little book is contrary to the FIMP tradition of presenting "How To" books that really teach you nothing useful about the subject at hand. In this case, you have a magic trick that you can actually perform for anyone under 10 or so and actually fool them! Patter included!

What I enjoy about "Neither Baffled Nor Amazed" is the attempt to actually perform a magic trick in a little book. A huge success, in that I successfully perform the trick and make the coin disappear. On the other hand, of course, it fails, in that the slow step-by-step illustration of the trick allows you to clearly see where I palmed the coin and placed it in my shirt collar (you did catch that, didn't you? Don't try this trick wearing a t-shirt).

But, of course, I didn't palm the coin. It's a bunch of drawings. I just didn't draw the coin, and so it "disappeared".

But, the drawings are of an event that could actually take place, in which if you did drop the coin on the table, you could easily palm it and tuck it into your shirt collar.

There's a part of our brain that wants to follow along with the sequential images and "believe" that what we see there is actually "happening". It's fun to play with that part of our brain.

So, it's a failure as a trick, but perhaps it succeeds in tricking you into thinking that some sort of event took place that resembled a magic trick.

Monday, February 21, 2011

It's February's Book of the Month!

Subscribers to the Book of the Month Club should start watching their mailboxes for "What Birds Want".

If, instead of reading, handling, enjoying, and passing around amongst your friends a satisfyingly handmade object signed by the artist, you would rather just see all of the images from the book online, you can find them right here on Flickr.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Revolution, revisited

"The Revolution" was a book-of-the-month back in 2007, but I thought I would bring it back in light of the recent awe-inspiring events in Egypt. There has been a lot of attention paid to the important role social media has played in recent events (with some dissenting views as well), so I thought I would bring back my ill-considered exploration of the subject. This book, of course, has nothing to do with the incredibly brave people who actually take to the streets and overthrow dictators - it's more about some of us who watch.

I guess I was unaware of Facebook and Twitter at the time - and look, it's the original judges from American Idol! Proof once again that a FIMP book is a poor place to find meaningful or useful information about the world around you.

Paperwhite Narcissus

Along with the seedlings we've got some bulbs blooming. The Paperwhite Narcissus are very pretty and kinda smelly.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Ceaseless Seedling Drama

Remember that sunflower seedling from a couple of days ago? Its second pair of leaves have opened up. I bet you were on pins and needles, weren't you? A second seedling is having trouble shedding its shell. Will I help it? No. It builds character for seedlings to solve problems like this on their own.


My daughter has a tiny rubber shark with delusions of grandeur.