Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Dream Comic

I made this comic after having a dream. In my dream, the tree cafe was the LaHave Bakery although it was in a tree, under a lake.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bird in a Cage

My first comic published in the Nib came out today, it's about my grandma's decline into dementia and how my family coped. It was also recently published in Maple Key Comics Issue #4.

Read it HERE or click on the image

Friday, October 10, 2014

wood sleep

just found these drawings and thought I'd dust 'em off for your enjoyment

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

your typical western...

comics, giant puppets and more!

I had an incredible summer at the Margaret Hennigar Library in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, running Art Jam Day Camp for the second year!

This year, inspired by Bread and Puppet performances that I was lucky enough to see last fall in Glover, Vermont, we made giant puppets!

We made a librarian puppet...

and a lifeguard puppet...

We also put on plays...

Made a bunch of comics and our own sketchbooks...

(we produced these zines!)

Painted watercolours by a pond...

Made a "tree of life" collage...

And so much more!

Art Jam Day Camp was made possible by South Shore Public Libraries and a grant from Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage.

Body of Water

I was thrilled when two of my favorite Halifax artists, Veronica Simmonds (freelance radio and print journalist) and Katie McKay (photographer and projectionist) approached me to create illustrations for the website they were creating about lake swimming in Halifax. 

Now, the multimedia website is up and running! Check it out and feel the joy of lake swimming...

The Only Rice Paddy in New York City

I made a comic for Symbolia Magazine's Food Issue in collaboration with journalist Ruth Brown. It's about an urban farm on Randall's Island in New York City that grows rice! The farm educates local students about where food comes from and how to grow you know how rice is grown and gets to your table?

To read the whole article as well as the entire issue full of amazing comics about food, download the app here.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

BONES ON THE RIVER... a new comic!

This is a little comic I made for the CCS Summer Anthology...

It is dedicated to those who helped carry Jerry and knew his stink firsthand!

The cover design I did for the Anthology

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

See You at Sappy....

I'll be at the Sappyfest Zine Fair in Sackville, New Brunswick this weekend with my comics, including the brand NEW Primordial Soup and never before seen on the internet, Lost in the Sublime.
Stop by and say hi!

Sneak peek:

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Writing Blog Tour

I was very pleased to be asked by my co-cartoonist and pal, Luke Howard, to talk about my process for The Writing Blog Tour, which is a “Blog Tour” that allows artists, who are also writers, to talk about their work. 

The first time I saw Luke’s work was at the Centre for Cartoon Studies grad show two years ago. His work really stuck out to me, in fact I was glued to it, completely blown away by this hidden gem. Previously a filmmaker, Luke has an amazing sense of storytelling, and also has an incredible way of experimenting with new styles you’d think he’d been perfecting for years. Plus, he’s a super sweet guy. Check out Luke's work at

Now, more about me…

1)     What am I working on?

I just finished a comics journalism piece for Symbolia magazine about an urban farm that grows rice on Randall’s Island in New York City. It was more like an illustration job because the piece was written by journalist Ruth Brown, and not myself, but it was a great experience in creating cohesive visuals about somewhere I’ve never been, and it also taught me how rice is grown, which is pretty cool.




final colour

At the moment, I’m working on a few illustration projects. One is a grant project with my very talented pals, Katie McKay and Veronica Simmonds, to create illustrations for a multimedia website that explores lake swimming around Halifax. I’m also drawing up sketches for a poster for a Forest and Nature School in Ottawa and working on some pieces for the West Dublin Monitor, a community newsletter my partner and I put out on the South Shore of Nova Scotia where I live at the moment. This will be our eighth issue. What I’m really working on, however, is a giant librarian puppet with kids at a free art camp that I’ve been running at the Bridgewater library for the past two years.

2)     How does my work differ from others of its genre?  

I try very hard to emulate other artists who work in genres that I like to work in, but for the life of me it always comes out looking undoubtedly from my hand! I can’t help it, I can only do me. I think that’s what is so great about comics, that the individual voice is so strong in each artists work.

3)     Why do I write what I do? 

Stories make me feel things, and that reminds me about humanity. I write what I do because there is something in the story that has a spark that I want to capture. I’m compelled to make an image of it in order to contain it, to make someone else feel the spark and make it last forever. I guess the spark can be a feeling or an idea, and it usually is something about being human; our compulsions, discoveries, sadness, laughter, heartfelt emotion, titillation.

4)     How does your writing process work?

I map out a the story into beats, translate that to thumbnails, blow them up and do the finished art with some help from a light table. It's funny, I don't think of myself as a writer, the process is very visual.

On to next week:

Paul Hammond is an uber-talented Halifax-based cartoonist and screen print artist/designer. He writes one of my favorite strips, “Hey You Guys”, which runs in the Coast and is bizarre and hilarious. Check out his hand-lettering! and more at

Eleri Mai Harris is a no-bullshit, hard-working comics journalist who gets the facts and then illustrates them beautifully in informative and entertaining comics.

Aaron Manczyk is a Toronto comics artist who makes some of the weirdest comics I’ve ever seen. I would definitely describe them as “sexual”.

Monday, June 30, 2014


A pencil crayon comic I made about something that really happened. 

It appeared in last week's Seven Days for Drawn + Paneled (Check it out on page 30).

Monday, June 23, 2014

The West Dublin Monitor is coming BACK!

The West Dublin Monitor is coming back, Summer 2014!

SUBMIT! Contributions due July 14


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Illustration for Luminato

I did this illustration for the Toronto Luminato Festival. It appeared in LightNews, a newsletter that comes out every day of the festival and is for or a piece of writing by poet and novelist Lynn Crosbie about the McJob one writer does to get by.

Read it Here.