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I’m glad I’m here

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014


I organized and participated in this reading last night. It was a really good time. I had good conversations with people about my work. I mostly read work that hasn’t been printed yet, like when bands play songs that they just wrote in front of an audience, to “test them out.” Everything I read will be printed in various anthologies sometime this year. I read a few pages from my larger work, the pages still didn’t have word balloons on them. It was exciting.

The show was less thunderous than the one I saw in NYC, but then again, this is Providence. This reading was fun and conversational. The audience laughed and talked with the artists while they read. There was an after-party at John and Andrew’s house and we drank the beer that didn’t sell. It was casual and fun. That’s why I like making art here, it’s casual and fun. But not to the detriment of quality.

I told a 2nd grade girl today that she should start a diary to work out her feelings. I hate that the strongest, most interesting personalities of kids, are the ones who need to be “talked to” a lot. Loud and wild and full of ideas. I told her we would make a diary together, and in the diary she should write all of the things that happened that day, and how she felt about them. Thinking about and analyzing lesson plans for kids is how my mind has been growing lately. It’s weird strategizing possibilities outside of art, when art was always the lens I saw the world. I like doing stuff for other people and seeing how they take it and grow, though. I guess that’s also why I like art in a lot of ways.

The above poster is available for sale at my store.

SPX Debuts!

Saturday, September 7th, 2013


My SPX rundown of what’s going on! (I know my incredible tablemates have their own amazing stuff, but I’ll let them talk about it themselves.)

Here’s what I got debuting at SPX TABLE I1:


1) JEREMIAH’S BOOK DEBUT! ‘Jeremiah’ is the foreboding story of a teenager whose struggle with self-discovery may bring on the end of his world. A watercolor and ink graphic novel spanning 160 pages, ‘Jeremiah’ explores the conflict between the physical and the inexplicable, asking questions about faith, adolescence and sexuality.

5″ x 7″, 160 pages, full-color


2) NEW SCREENPRINT featuring a chicken and her friend, with matching mani pedis and eye-rolling attitudes.

5-layer screenprint on gray acid-free card stock, 8.5” by 11”, signed & numbered edition of 70. Comes in a clear poly sleeve with cardboard backing.


3) “WE DEFINE THE LIMITS OF OUR PERSONALITIES TOO NARROWLY. WE CONSIST OF EVERYTHING THE WORLD CONSISTS OF.” 2013 summer travel zine, spanning my time visiting friends along the East Coast and family in Finland and Sweden. This zine is CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE, meaning it’s not available online. The reason for this is because it gets personal. Come and buy one if you want to know some of my secrets. It has writing and comics and observational drawings.

5” by 8.25”, 44 pages, b&w

I’ll also have my other comics and zines, and my other screen prints. It’s probable I won’t have the space to display them, so if you know you want to buy one, you should ask me about it.

Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

I will be at the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair this weekend! The event is two days, but I’ll only be there on Saturday. Check out their website for more info. (the above is just a drawing and has nothing to do with the show)

A while back I made this poster, you can buy it at my store!

I have a lot on my plate right now, so many emotions running high. This city is funny and I’m still adjusting to the move. I’m excited to share new work, the weird things I’m doing. Some of them are shareable and some of them are just adding spice to the intensity of life. But I have projects, and I’m going to be at TCAF next month, maybe you’ll be there and you can ask me about them.

Gig Poster, New Zine, and Gallery Photos! (March Is Busy)

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

This week was a monster!

First on the docket is the new ANDREW JACKSON JIHDAD gig poster that’s now available in the store!

Also ‘SELF-PORTRAITS: FOLIO ONE’ is now available for purchase! This zine is a collection of my self-portrait illustration series, including ‘The Crying Series,’ which is not on the internet.


CHICAGO ZINE FEST was a good time. Thanks so much to everyone who came by the table! Your support is always amazing. I don’t actually have any photos from the event, but thanks everyone. My heart grew a hundred times its original size.

This past Friday was the opening of LONGING FOR HOME: READER’S ART 12 at the Susan Hensel Gallery! My book Going Back was included in the show. Here are some shots from the party:

And final news is that yesterday I was recorded for the LUTEFISK SUSHI PODCAST! It’ll be online April 5th.

“The Island,” Inspiration and Process

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

“I thought I had come to the island to wrest control of my life back from the woman who had sabotaged it. But I was wrong. My mother was still writing my plot.”Island by Jane Rogers

“The Island” is my new screenprint, inspired by Jane Rogers’ novel Island. The novel is narrated by the character Nikki Black, and without getting into a full critique of the book, it’s about Nikki not only seeing the world through a distorted, revenge-bent lens, but as a reader you begin to believe her. You get sucked into her way of seeing the world, to the point that her biological mother, who gave Nikki up for adoption when she was an infant and never had contact with her, is the evil, manipulative puppet master of every disaster in Nikki’s life, from her boyfriends dumping her to bad weather. You begin to trust every defense of Nikki’s moods and action, to the point that realistic perspective is completely lost as a reader, as Nikki herself loses reality entirely in the novel.

My screenprint is inspired by not only the environment of the book, which is an isolated island off the coast of Scotland, but the events. Nikki, in her own mind, is victimized incessantly. The waves in the screenprint are not only made of water but fire, crashing into the island with an incredible, completely unrealistic ferocity. I wanted to create a single image that described the entire experience of reading the novel.


I read Island back in June in a fervent four days, and minutes after I finished I drew the first draft of the image that would become the screenprint:


“The Island”

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

3-color screenprint on 100# French cover stock, 18″ by 24″, signed & numbered edition of 50, 2011

Available for purchase.

I also added some original art to the store.

‘The Island’ Digital Mock-Up and a Poem

Friday, December 9th, 2011

This is a digital mock-up for my next screenprint, The Island. It’s inspired by Jane Rogers’ novel Island.

And here’s a poem, without title:

“How long?,” my friend howls, neck craned,

Teeth bared.

She’s self-assured —

Maybe that’s the therapy.

“It doesn’t end,” she dictates.

She knows what she needs, what she feels,

At every moment.

“It’s forever,” she repeats,

In the light.

But later,

You thrash,

And trash,

And transform,

Howling your annoyance

At the waning sun.

Five-Horned Stag Screenprint, Process!

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

I’ve recently finished my latest project, a CMYK screenprint of a five-horned stag! The print is available for purchase at my store (link). This post is a step-by-step on the process of its creation.

For the last few months I’ve been casually reading various textbooks on Arthurian Legends. Roger Sherman Loomis’ Celtic Myth and Arthurian Romance lays out the history of the legends, many of which are based on ancient gods. In Chapter XIV, Merlin the Shapeshifter: “… we have in Mryddin a deranged god whose special domain was poetry and prophecy.” I found the concept of poetry and prophecy being entwined to be extremely enticing. That art can represent, nay, predict the future. I knew I had to create some sort of portrait for Mryddin, who later becomes Merlin in the legends.

Later in this chapter is the following:

A five-horned stag! Now that the imagery was chosen, it’s on.

Click to read the rest!