The 12th story in Colonial Comics: New England, 1620-1750 focuses on King Philip’s War…sort of. The story actually takes place years after King Philip’s War, when Benjamin Church (who originally lead forces against King Philip’s army) was brought out of retirement to fight Anawan, who was continuing King Philip’s fight against the English settlements. The story was written by Nate DiMeo (The Memory Palace) and illustrated by Mal Jones (District Comics).

The story itself is beautiful and heartbreaking. Two old soldiers with a level of respect for one another who simply couldn’t give up the fight. Nate handed off the script and it was full of these wonderful set-pieces - tremendous battles fought in the woods making way for quite moments between the two principals. Mal agreed to do the art and we met one evening at BonChon Chicken to go over his approach. Over a plate of fried chicken we reviewed the script while Mal sketched the tumbnails.

The thumbs that he skeched that day were great, and the execution of those thumbs were even better. Spot colors, dynamic lettering - a fantastic two-page spread that summarized the war against King Philip. 

As mentioned, the final piece was beautiful and heartbreaking. The last page of the story gives me chills, which is what you want from a story that’s essentially about how everything went wrong. 

One additional thing to come out of this story and how it came to be - it was the first meeting of Chicken Club, before Chicken Club was a thing. 

Colonial Comics: New England, 1620-1750 will be released in October from Fulcrum Books. You can pre-order it on Amazon now.

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This is the short I was talking about in April. Like Jason mentioned, it’s a story about how things can go so horribly wrong during times of War, even when respect and honor is involved. I’m immensely proud of the art and the working relationship that started up with the Colonial Comics team. Nate, Jason, and David gave me a lot of leeway with interpreting some difficult sequences so that they had a strong flow and rhythm in the limited page count we had.

The book is out in October and you can pre-order it on Amazon now.

I’ll find out if I can post a few small panels.

Peacock Spiders dance. Yes for nature. Disclaimer: Luke, the producer and voice over star, is a friend of ours.


So I’ve written a script for an illustrated book that I’m calling ‘Rivers of Beer”. It’s a look at the impact of beer on society, beyond being a tasty beverage, presented with comics and stand alone illustrations. I love reading comics and I love drinking beer. I also love creating comics. I…

I’m so excited Marc is putting this together.

Conversation I've Been Having Recently

  • Me: You should come to chicken club.
  • Friend: What's that?
  • Me: A bunch of us eat fried chicken once a month.
  • Friend: And do what?
  • Me: Eat fried's a chicken club.

I’m going to be at SPX on Saturday at Table W68B

It looks like very quietly some stars aligned and I’m going to be at SPX on Saturday helping to promote The Book of Dragons from Bronco Ink. I illustrated two stories in this collection of kid-friendly comics based on the book by Edith Nesbit.

The book is premiering at the show, and I’m really proud of the art I did for it. I think it, paired with the work I did for Colonial Comics, is some of the best comic work I’ve ever done.

Come by, say hi, and get a sketch! 


Art from THE ICE DRAGON, OR DO AS YOU’RE TOLD, by Marc Bryant

George Bellows. One of the best.



I’m working on research and thumbnails for the last of series of work-for-hire comic book shorts I’ve had on my plate since last year.

It’s an interesting feeling - consciously turning down work, especially pretty much guaranteed published work. For a long time, that’s 100% what I focused on, to the detriment of doing quite a few personal projects. Now on the horizon, at least comic work wise, that’s all there is and I’m nervous as hell. 



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