Simon Collection Teaser

It all started during my freshman year at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  We were tasked with creating a character & completing a full model sheet.  The result in my case was Simon.  I don’t think I understood at the time what I had created.  I knew I had avoided giving him a mouth or nose to challenge myself to work with his body language & eyes as his only form of communication.  What I quickly discovered was that Simon’s blank face is a place for readers (and myself) to project our own faces… thoughts… feelings.  Something akin to a universal avatar.  Simon quickly became my mode of exploring the questions that constantly bounced around my brain.  You know, the “big questions”.

Of course, you never really answer the big questions fully.  But it’s impossible to ask them and not learn some bit of truth along the way.  Simon’s journey has taken him many fantastic places.  He’s fought against powerful enemies.  He’s faced heartbreak.  He’s challenged the boundaries of his world of panels & pages.  He’s been, & continues to be, on an amazing journey…

That’s a little intro to the Simon Collection that I’ll have available in a couple weeks.  I’m really excited about this collection of the Simon comics I’ve done over the last 10 years.  Here are a couple peeks at the cover and some interior pages:

Props to my homie Gerald Proctor for the sweet cover.  Look for more info soon!

– Tyrell


Gary: Book Three underway!

Here’s a small peak into the genesis of book three’s creation…

I’ve been looking back on the first two books a lot in preparation for the final book.  It’s been quite an experience and I’m excited to bring things to a close!

– Tyrell

p.s. Thanks to Tina for the pics!

Convention Season!

Hey folks!  It’s that time again… CONVENTION SEASON!  Actually, I’m really not sure what convention season officially is.  They seem to be spread out spring – fall (but crammed in little groups on the same weekends).  In any case, I’m happy to announce I’ve locked down at least 4 conventions I’ll be tabling at:


Saturday, March 10th (and Friday the 9th technically)

Chicago, IL

Conaway Center (1st & 8th Floor)

Columbia College, 1104 S Wabash Ave

This is a super fun little show.  I participated last year and was pleased to see a large variety of exhibitors.  There were all types of comics, art, and zines represented across various skill levels.  I hope you’ll come down for the show (pst… it’s FREE).

C2E2 (Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo)

Fri-Sun, April 13th-15th

Chicago, IL

McCormick Place

C2E2 is becoming a force in the ‘big’ convention scene.  It’s sure to have something for everyone, especially now that I’ll be there (heh).  If you are a midwesterner and can’t make it to San Diego ComiconC2E2 is your best bet to satisfy the nerd cravings.


Sat-Sun, April 28th-29th

New York, NY

69th Regiment Armory
68 Lexington Avenue

This will be my first time at MOCCA and my first time on the east coast!  If you are NY reader, please come out and welcome me to your town!


Sat-Sun, June 16th-17th

Chicago, IL

Columbia College’s Ludington Building
1104 S Wabash

I am honored to be a part of this first year of the Chicago Alternative Komics Expo.  This is a long overdue event here in the city I call home.  If you are anywhere NEAR Chicago (or even if you aren’t) you NEED to come see this show!

For now, that’s all I have locked in.  Look for more details as each show gets closer.  I’m planning to have something new at the table for each show!  For my west coast friends, I assure you I’m hard at work trying to get  a spot in a show out near the pacific.