Thursday, December 11, 2008


This week when coming up with a new comic, the deeply buried holiday cheer in my heart spurted out in this very jolly watercolor. Clausmopolitan a lifestyle and culture magazine for and about Santa Claus. An obvious spoof of Cosmopolitan (the ever enlightening) magazine with relative articles to the big guy.
Ever since I made this piece I've gotten tons of compliments and so I decided that maybe I'll make it available to those who like sending out cards and the like. I love doing it, but I'm horrible at actually doing it. Anyway, you can find some Clausmopolitan products here at my Cafepress Card Shop.
Thanks a bunch. Happy Holidays.

Note regarding the prices: Cafepress has a base price for their products. I cannot chose to price anything lower than that and if I don't adjust the price higher than I stand to make $0. I personally feel that the base prices are far too high, but what can I do? What I've done is marked everything up $1, to keep everything as cheap as possible and maybe make a few dollars. Obviously not enough to buy that new car with, but... maybe lunch.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Painting For Sale on Etsy!

I just got myself an Etsy account and right now I'm selling the remaining creature paintings I did a year ago for the Thirty paintings in Thirty days Challenge.
So check it out and buy as many as you can.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

New T-shirt Designs for Kick Me

To go along with the Kick Me graphic novel anthology that I've published on Cafe Press I have t-shirts and other fun merch.

I just designed a new shirt for the hell of it. It's a colorized version of the contents page in the book. It really sums up the depressive heart breaking feeling I tried to convey in the comics.

Monday, November 17, 2008

A New Blog for Artists I Like

It's called Masters In My Mind

I've decided to start a list of artist that I've been inspired by in one way or another. This will be on going, due to the fact that I'm never at a loss for inspiration. This internet thing brings me great pleasure.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Entertainment Show November

This is the latest poster for this Novermber's Entertainment Show at the Sunset Tavern in Seattle. The artwork is based off of the short films of the Karate Brothers and the design is inspired by the poster for Circle of Iron. Mostly digital with some pencil sketches

Scarecrow Video T-shirt

Here' s the design that Scarecrow is using for their new t-shirts. Check out more on their blog.
The drawing was done with pen/ink then digitally colored and prepared on the computer.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Halloween and Where I'll Be That Night

Here's the invite that I designed for my friends Maegan and Alissa for their Halloween Bash. It's a big mash up of design, a distressed book texture, and the drawings are traced from photos using a Wacom tablet.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Cafe Racer Halloween Show

Originally uploaded by themightyadam

This is a photo of me and my brother Cedric. (I only take him out for special occasions).

This comes from The Mighty Adam's set from the Cafe Racer Halloween Show. Give a peek. He got some good stuff that you should have seen for yourself. Thanks Adam.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Halloween Show 2008

So once again Seattle's Cafe Racer is going to host the Friend's of the Nib Halloween Art Show. Opening Night is October 24th from 6pm to till 10pm. Find more information in The Monocle a Halloween themed paper that highlights the illustrations of the Friends of the Nib.

This year for the show, I've taken to sculpting and assembling some creepy pieces. I'm posting some photos that I took with my phone. Once the better versions show up I'll post those too.

"It Watches" mixed media 2008

"The Red Eye" mixed media in a coffee can 2008

Thursday, August 28, 2008

steel-of-fire-warriors-2010 poster

Here's a digital painting based on the short film serial by Kevin Clarke and Travis Vogt titled Steel of Fire Warriors 2010 A.D.

Major inspiration was the legendary poster artist Drew Struzan who has recently retired from making movie posters full time. Read his own comment here and weep hard. The worst part of this is that Struzan was one of the last to actually hand craft a poster for mainstream films and their franchies instead of just mashing together some photo-manipulated crap together. So long, you will always inspire me.

Also check out this great review of Steel of Fire Warriors 2010 A.D. on

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Art Prints for Sale

I've started an ImageKind account in order to have prints of my art available to you and myself. They're pretty affordable, but can also be really expensive. So if you got the dough to throw, enjoy a few pieces of my art. I'm going to keep adding stuff periodicly so keep an eye open for new stuff. If you have some pieces that you'd like to see available for print let me know and I add it to the gallery.
Check out

Thanks for your time.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Art Show at Bus Stop Espresso

Here's some shot of the art that I had displayed at the Bus Stop espresso and coffee shop in Seattle. It's month long (June to July) showing is coming to an end now and I want to thank everyone who bought pieces.
I specificly want to thank my young fans. One of them was so inspired that he created his own monster and it was hung up next to my pieces. It fits perfectly. Thanks Samuel.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Fetal Fun


These 4"x 6" color pencil drawing with watercolor were created on pink paper for the Mild Kingdom show at the Cafe Racer which I mentioned in the previous post.
The showed was theme was animals and I knew that there was just going to be a whole bunch of cuteness abound. So I didn't want to do more monster or insects. One morning I was struck with the idea to do cartoony fetal pieces. Mostly inspired by the NG In the Womb: Animals show that I had seen before. The best part is just how adorable a fetal elephant is. I really wish I could have a fetal elephant specimen in a jar. I'd name it "Johnny".
As far as I know only one of them sold the night of the opening. Thanks Patti. The show was a huge success. Lots of art sold and this should help the kitties and puppies that made it safe out of the womb.

Friday, June 13, 2008


Hey yeah!!! An art show opening up at the Cafe Racer tonight is a benefit show for Animal Talk a no-kill and non-profit shelter in the University District of Seattle. Check it out, everything is priced to sell and make money for the shelter. Also 10% of the Cafe Racer's drawer during the opening will be donated as well. So come out and drink and buy art and hang with people who are more interesting than the people you know. There's also a cool band!!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Some Photos of My Friends

Some snapshots of my friends at a birthday party.

Sarah (I've cropped this one to focus on the great composition and the background surrounding that insanely sweet young woman.)

Kate (This one I messed with because I thought it would be fun to. So shut up. It's not digital Wizardery but I like it.)

Matt (I didn't do anything to this photo but turn it black and white. I did that to lessen the horrific reality of what was happening.)

Jason (he was just having the time of his life.)

Kate (Again. She's just so fun and cute. This photo when through a time warp and ended up becoming 50 years old while I scanned it.)

Collaboration with Jason #2

So Jason Dodson and I went to Hattie's Hat again, got some beer, some garden burgers with bacon and cheddar, and drew another master piece. Enjoy!!!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

I Meet Some Inspiring Folks

So while I was at the Stumptown Comic Fest in Portland yesterday I happened to meet to very influential comic artists.

First was Nicholas Gurewitch who creates the Perry Bible Fellowship comic. This stuff just blew me away when I first was turn onto it. The humor and the constant fluxuating art styles really inspired me. Some of the best intellectual dark humor out there. The comics are beautiful as well.

Then the guy who I really wanted to meet was Shannon Wheeler. He inspired so hard back in the 90's. Too Much Coffee Man came out and it was so awesome to me. I was a Sophmore in High School and wanted to make comics. When I got into TMCM I couldn't help but unconsciously rip him off. So I made the ANT. I sent him samples of my books and always thanked him. I even got to have a couple of strips published in the TMCM magazine. We kept up contact over the years but never met until yesterday. It was cool. I'm glad that he's still out there and his comics are still really funny. He didn't get old and crappy like that one guy... you know... nevermind. Anyway, It was exciting and I'm a total dork.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Lair of the Psychic Creature is now a Weekly!!

So I've moved onwards and upwards from a daily strip to a weekly full colored strip. Check it out now, every Friday at Swellzombie's Lair of the Psychic Creature Blog. You can also find them at my personal Flickr account.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Two New Paintings!!

So I came up with a couple of new paintings over the last few months for some friends of mine. The first one was requested by Elizabeth. She was a huge supporter and fan of the 30/30 paintings I did for the December show. So having owned one of those she wanted another based off of the comic with the Tickle Squid.

"Tickle Squid" acrylic and enamel on illustration board 2008

This other one was requested by a very enthusiastic fan of mine Amanda. She was moving into a new place and wanted some of my art for her walls. She's a very intense girl and I couldn't refuse. So I came up with this piece. The board that it was painted on had the background pattern already painted on it by my good friend Jilf. He donated a lot of supplies and extra materials when he left Seattle for Minnesota. So I told him I put all of it to good use.

"Curious Larva" acrylic on board 2008

Friday, March 7, 2008

"The Honorary Mexican" Drawing

So my co-worker/friend Jason Dodson and I went out the other night, had a few beers and drew this little picture.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Friends of the Nib March 8th

So I'm happy to be Friend of the Nib and this is going to be great. Insane and busy! I have no idea how anyone will be able to actually draw anything of quality, but... it should be checked out. I'd like to quote Tom Dougherty here because he has said it the best so far:
"Larry Reid* has mounted a Friends of the Nib-branded event at the Fantagraphics Store in Georgetown, South of Seattle proper. Apparently, it will be a drawing "jam" open to the public, who are all invited to participate. Space is at a premium down there, so if you're planning on being part of the "jam", I'd advise you to hightail it down there as early as your Dad will let you borrow the car. Admission is free, and there is a bar around the corner where you can get a drink or two. Seriously: arrive early and beat the crowds. Both of these guys are legendary talents, and you may be able to score a sketch from one or both as the evening evenings on. *Larry Reid is a promoter who often stops by the FON meetings at the Cafe Racer with a stack of promotional flyers for our group. He's been a Fantagraphics keystone for many years and a fixture in the Seattle "art scene" for many more years."

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

St. Valentine's Day Cards

So these are the St. Valentine's Day cards that I designed to be shown at the Cafe Racer Valentine's Day show. (see previous post)
What's displayed is just some mounted prints of these designs. The original art is ink, pencil, and watercolor. But they're 50% smaller than these pieces and in my sketch book.
If you find these to be something that you would want to share... feel free to e-mail and post them on Myspace if you want to. I'm down with that.
Oh yeah, and screw Valentine's Day!!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Originally uploaded by swellzombie
here's a poster I've designed as an advert of my skills and desires to be a rock poster designer. The image was originally designed for a Young Sportsman poster, but due to conflicts in the band it was never officially used. Since it's one striking image, I couldn't help but use it for myself.
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