Welcome to my studio where I create comics and picture books. Let’s have a look around.
No, I’m not a Mets fan or a Knicks fan, the walls are painted blue and orange because those colors promote creativity and productivity. The curtains are made from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and He-Man bedsheets. There’s a folded up blanket on top of my file cabinet for when my cats window watch or sleep. I painted that guitar. We found it under my brother’s couch when he moved. And to make sure I feel super snuggly in my chair while I work, I wrapped it in a Superman Snuggie.
Next to my drawing desk is my creative file, where I keep all my originals from my past books and hardcopies of my published work. My sketchbooks and notebooks are here as well. Above is my plant Glenn, a Tickle phushie, my workload calendar, and inspiring art by Jon Burgerman. That folded up Dukes of Hazzard bedsheet by the window is for my cats so they can be comfortable while watching leaves fall, squirrels run, and birds fly.
Here we have my computer and scanner for all the color, text, and digital work. That box by the keyboard is a stand for my iPad so I can have another screen at eye level for research or to watch something while I work. The box is wrapped in Mike Allred X-Statix comic pages. Above my screen is wonderful art and collage by my lovely wife. There is also a print of Tezuka’s Phoenix which played a huge role in me becoming a cartoonist. And under the screen is a little red egg with silly putty inside. It helps me think. You should try it.
Next to my computer is my reference library. The top shelf has all the books I learned my craft from and refer back to when neccessary. The bottom shelf has more inspiring books to get me out of creator’s block.
My closet door is decorated with Happyloo fanart and above it is a very important street sign. If I ever have the chance, I relax on my Ninja Turtle couch, but I hardly ever get to do that. I do admire my Brad Bird signed Iron Giant poster everyday though.