Chicago Zine Fest 2014 Post-Mortem!

Dude… Chicago Zine Fest was awesome!

Thank you to everyone that stopped by!  Here is my table:

zinefest14tableI was lucky to have awesome tablemates in Violet & Jay.  They did zines and comics about METAL.  So we got along great.  They were even keeping the mix tape alive:


That’s right… that’s a CASSETTE MIX TAPE!  Flipping awesome.  This one was a mix of doom metal, which happens to be my music obsession at the moment.

As usual, there were tons of great artists exhibiting.  Here is my bounty from a day of tabling and meeting artists:


There is some really good stuff in there:

Stranger to Stranger and Depictions from the always kind R. Hendricks

Beth Hetland’s Fugue series COLLECTED.  Man I can’t wait to re-read that series in one book!

Kuwai Shen’s Suburban Mystic had gorgeous drawings accompanied by intense and soulful prose.

Jason Walz’s Homesick is an masterful meditation on loss in life.

Someone Please Have Sex With Me is the newest in black comedy from one of my favorite’s, Gyna Wynbrandt

– The green pumpkin-y one there is a filled with delicate ink drawings by Nick Straight

– I traded Mr. Steve Keiser for his mini comic You text your mama with that font?

– Another trade acquisition was Drew Damron’s Comics for Something

Not a bad haul.  To be honest though, I was most excited to get 3 new comics from the amazing young comicker, Henry Comerford.  Henry can’t be more than 6 years old, but I’ve seen him at the last two Zinefests and traded with him.  His work continues to get better every year.  This year, one of his newest comics was a profound meta-comic.  It’s simply called ‘The Comic’:

zinefest14henry1In The Comic, Henry shows a sequence of inanimate objects making statements of what they can do in a comic.  A crab saying how this comic is “where crabs have two legs” or an egg salad with a gun saying that “egg salad is evil”.  Even The Comic makes an appearance IN the comic:

zinefest14henry2It’s pretty much the most amazing comic I’ve read in years.  It ends with this perfect image on the back cover:

zinefest14henry3Inspiring stuff.  Can’t wait to see what Henry cooks up next.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by and said hi!  Special shout out to those who recognized me from Brain Frame, even sans beard!

I’ve been VERY busy.  Here are some sneaky peeks into what I’ve been working on…

Here is the cover of the next Chapter of UPGRADE SOUL, which will feature my INKING!


It comes out later this month, so go get caught up on the story NOW: Upgrade Soul for iPad

And here is the Simon piece I recently had featured in the Chicago Reader Comics Issue:





That’s all I have time for at the moment.  Thanks!

– Tyrell

Brain Frame & Conventions 2014 pt. 1

Hey ladies and gents!

Some announcements and the like:

First up, I am stoked to be performing next Saturday in the world-famous Brain Frame series! I’ll be debuting a brand new Simon comic titled “Piece”, which will only exist as a performance.

simon-piece_promo1I’ll have musical accompaniment by the amazing Chad Nannenga, adding another layer to the story.  Your only chance to see this piece is to come to one of the two shows.  Here are the details:

Brain Frame

Saturday, January 25th

7pm (all ages) & 10pm (cash bar)

at Constellation

3111 N Western Ave

Chicago, IL 60618

Tickets are available HERE and I strongly recommend purchasing in advance, as Brain Frame tends to sell out.  Hope to see you all there!

CONVENTIONS 2014, part 1

It’s that time again… the time when comic artists apply for conventions far and wide.  It’s nerve-racking and filled with crossed fingers and budgeting.  Although I haven’t heard back from all the shows applied to, I wanted to let folks know places I’m already confirmed for:

Chicago Zinefest

March 15th

Conaway Center at Columbia College

1104 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL

Always an awesome show, made even awesome-er by the fact that it’s FREE to attend!  My Chicago peeps have no excuse to miss this show.


April 12-13th

Ramada Hotel & Conference Center

4900 Sinclair Rd, Columbus, OH

This is my first time doing SPACE and I hope some of ya’ll can make it out to Columbus, OH to say hi!  I may be presenting a couple panels as well (more on that later)


April 25-27th

South Building at McCormick Place


I’ll be tabling with rising star Daniel Warren Johnson in artist alley.  This show is always crazy big big and fun.


May 10-11th

Toronto Reference Library

789 Yonge St, Toronto, Canada

I’ve heard amazing things about TCAF, and this is my first time exhibiting there.  The show already has a who’s-who list of artists, so this could be one of the best of the year!

…  That’s all for the conventions for now.  Hopefully I’ll have one or two more to announce soon.  It’d be great to see you all at one or two of these shows!

Stuff I’m looking at lately..


I re-read Jan’s Atomic Heart by the always interesting Simon Roy.  This is finally getting a bigger release from Image as part of a collection  of Roy’s short stories.  Highly recommended for fan’s of sci-fi.


Also re-read Paul Pope’s Batman Year 100, as a study in portraying action and chase scenes in comics.  Good stuff.


Along with Pope’s work, I’ve been spending some time with Blade of the Immortal.  Samura’s action sequences are at times non-sensical, but give a visceral impression of the action that almost transcends the actual geography of the fight.


Finally got my Riddick blu-ray.  Man this is just a super-fun sci-fi movie with lots of fun ideas and characters.

gojira01-04-05Also finally picked up Godzilla: Half Century War.  Stokoe is a madman with his detail and drawings of chaos.  I’m most struck by how smart/funny the book is though.

More to come folks!

– Tyrell

I went to Chicago Zinefest 2013

Chicago Zinefest ROCKS!

I had tabled at Zinefest in the past, but this year I opted to just attend and enjoy the show.  And boy did I!  This show was full of some awesome folks!  Here’s some of what I saw:


The Great and Powerful Beth Hetland had her Hourly Comics minis available!

Zinefest13_HendricksThe always fantastic R. Hendricks (Stranger Two Stranger) had this awesome mini of portraits.

Zinefest13_AshleyAshley Elander was, as usual, putting the rest of us to shame by showcasing her phenomenal drawing skills.

Zinefest13_KseniyaYaroshI fell in love with this accordion mini compilation of text book illustrations from Kseniya Yarosh.

Zinefest13_MarnieI was happy to catch up with the lovely Marnie Galloway, who had the new editions of In the Sounds and Seas.

Zinefest13_ChrisGarciaNext to Marnie, I discovered a talented gentleman named Chris Garcia.  He had previews of his upcoming beautiful first comic  ever (!)

Zinefest13_ComerfordAnd the youngest and most enthusiastic exhibitor at the show had to be Henry Comerford!  Super awesome one page comics!

All in all, Zinefest 2013 was a blast.  I can’t wait to see more from all these folks.  I really need to table here next year!

Here’s a preview of a new Simon comic I’m cooking up…


I thought I had posted this before, but I guess not:


I did this poster for the fine folks over at In This Issue Podcast.  It just so happens I’ll be tabling with these goofballs at TRICON in 3 weeks!

Thanks for checking in ya’ll!

– Tyrell

Gary Process/Zinefest 2012

Zinefest 2012 was a blast!  Thank you to everyone who came out to say hi.  It was great to meet some new people and talk to some old friends.  In case you missed the show, fear not, I’m going to be exhibiting again in two weeks at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2)!  This con is in it’s 3rd year and has a lot to offer.  It tends to lean more toward the capes, but you’ll find some great indy books represented too.  This show is definitely worth the trip to Chicago!  Here is the details:


You can find me at :


I’ll have some new stuff at this show, like the Cube Prints, along with Simon Collected and Gary 1-2 of course.

Speaking of Gary, I am hard at work on the 3rd (and final) book!  I’m happy to report that things are progressing quickly!

Thanks to T for the pics!  I can’t wait to show ya’ll more.  Check back in next week, and I’ll discuss panel layouts and mention some comics you need to read.

– Tyrell

Simon: The Collection 2001-2011

I’m happy to premiere  Simon: The Collection 2001-2011 this weekend at Chicago Zinefest!

This volume of 166 pages collects the last 10 years of my Simon comics (sneak peek last week).  Not only do you get a taste of the beginnings of Simon, but I’ve included some never before seen material as well!  I’m also honored to have pin-ups from these talented folks:

Rinko Endo

Reid Psaltis

John Wright II

Casey Green

Idriys Grant

Jingxuan HU

Jen Gillespie

my Zinefest table-mate Beth Hetland!

and that snazzy cover is a collaboration with the great Gerald Proctor III, who also created the graphic design and layout for this collection

I couldn’t be more excited about this book and I’m hoping all of you in the Chicago-land area can come by Chicago Zinefest to get your copy!

Saturday, March 10th

Columbia College

1104 S. Wabash

8th floor @ table 62


I’ll be signing every copy and including individual sketches on the inside back covers.  Of course, I’ll also have Gary 1-2, Simon mini-comics, and another special item that is only available at Zinefest.  For those of you who can’t make it, I have also added the Simon Collection to my store for purchase:

10 years of Simon!

Thanks everyone for the support and hope to see many of you this weekend!

– Tyrell