Thursday, December 5, 2013

My Neighbor Magritte

This comic first appeared in my series "Who Needs Art?" for

You can order a poster of this comic and many others at my shop - there's still time to order posters for the holidays. Orders should be placed by December 18 at the latest for arrival by December 24.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Georgia's World

This comic first appeared as the seventh of ten strips in my series "Who Needs Art?" for It was inspired by a trip to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Friday, November 8, 2013

What Happens After the Great Operas?

Illustrations for "Liberating the Librettos" by Anthony Tommasini, for the 11/10 NY Times. Bonus fact: Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" helped inspire Weezer's "Pinkerton," my go-to warm-up album for high school track meets. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

After the Curtain Falls

This drawing appears in the Sunday, November 10 NY Times Arts & Leisure section alongside this article by Anthony Tomassini. Tomassini explores the unanswerable question of all opera (and for that matter, all fiction): what happens to the characters after the story ends?

I had a great time studying some classic operas and speculating about the future of the living (and non-living) characters. I also watched this video for inspiration. Thanks to AD Paul Jean for the gig!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

People of the Art Museum

This illustrated journal of a trip to the Denver Art Museum first appeared in my series "Who Needs Art?" for

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Sculptor vs. Painter

This comic first appeared in my series "Who Needs Art?" for - check out the original post for some of the history behind the feud between Tatlin and Malevich. This comic could also be called "Constructivist vs. Suprematist." I think Constructivism was a fascinating movement, but I'm partial to the geometric energy of Suprematism. 

The last panel alludes to the Russian artists who combined the language of both movements in their work. One of my favorite examples is A Story of Two Squares by El Lissitzky, a remarkable children's book that advocates Constructivist principles of cultural progress through Suprematist shapes and colors. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Looking at Art

The final comic in my ten-part series "Who Needs Art?" is now up on I've spent the last 5 months exhaustively researching 20th-century art. I've visited museums, searched digital galleries, and lugged piles of extremely heavy art books home from the library. It felt like getting an art history degree - without the pesky exams or crippling tuition. The last entry in the series is an incomplete summary of some things I've learned by looking at modern art. The visual inspiration for the drawing was the sculpture park at The Nelson -Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, one of the best places to spend a fall afternoon.

Thanks to my editor at Medium, Charlotte Druckman, for helping make the series a reality!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Joy of Reading #3

This is the final drawing in my series on the romantic possibilities of reading. Next week Incidental Comics will return to fully-clothed content. 

Just a reminder: you can order posters of almost any comic on this site at my shop. And you can now find the Best American Comics 2013 at bookstores and online! I features four pages of Incidental Comics, plus an outstanding selection of work from other notable cartoonists.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Joy of Reading

I had the great honor of illustrating the cover of the special Sex Issue of the NY Times Book Review! Thanks to art director Nicholas Blechman for the assignment. It’s full of thoughtful and hilarious pieces on writing about sex - one of the stickier topics to tackle in literature. The issue also features an autobiographical comic by Alison Bechdel (one of my favorite cartoonists) and gorgeous spot illustrations by Luci Gutierrez (one of my new favorite illustrators). 

I’ve turned my cover illustration and a couple of my unused sketches into a series of posters titled The Joy of Reading. I’ll post the other drawings throughout the week. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

American Art

This comic first appeared in my series "Who Needs Art?" for I originally posted it the week of Independence Day, but it takes on a new meaning today as the U.S. government begins an ineptitude-induced shutdown. In this country, as in every country, our art is far greater than our politics.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

A New Style

The latest comic in my series "Who Needs Art?" for features the geometric abstractions of Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg - the two main figures of the Dutch art movement De Stijl. You can read the full comic here. Caution: may contain primary colors. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Dada Day

While researching the history of modern art, I noticed some parallels between the early-20th-century Dada art movement and the reckless enthusiasm of childhood. My daughter is not yet old enough to recreate the art of Marcel Duchamp, but in the next few years this comic may become a reality.

This is the third comic in my series "Who Needs Art?" for

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Remembering Futurism

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti was a man of inherited wealth, artistic vision, controversial political views, and a well-curled mustache. His “Futurist Manifesto” is an outlandish and entertaining document that would be difficult to parody. I’ve paraphrased parts of the manifesto in this comic while trying to stay true to the spirit of the original.

This comic appeared as the first in my series "Who Needs Art?" for

Friday, August 9, 2013

Monday, August 5, 2013

People of the Art Museum

I made an illustrated journal of a free day at the Denver Art Museum. It's the latest in my series "Who Needs Art?" for You can read the full version here. Disclaimer: I did not use a pen in the galleries - my original sketches were in pencil.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Sculptor vs. Painter

The latest comic in my series "Who Needs Art?" is verbal sparring match between two 20th-century Russian artists: Vladimir Tatlin, a Constructivist, and Kazimir Malevich, a Suprematist. You can read the full comic at

Friday, July 12, 2013

The Story Coaster

This drawing appears in the July 14 Sunday NY Times Book Review. Thanks to Book Review editor Pamela Paul! Also, thanks to my middle school English teacher, who taught me the wonderful word "dénouement."

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Shakespeare in the Park

All words in this comic are courtesy of William Shakespeare.

You can order a poster of this and many other fine literary comics at my shop.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Reading Is Dangerous

I drew this comic to illustrate the essay "Clunkers" by James McWilliams in the July 7 NY Times Sunday Book Review. The article is a hilarious musing on books as projectiles, and probably the most fun piece I've had the chance to illustrate. Thanks to ADs Rex Bonomelli and Nicholas Blechman for the gig!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

American Art

The latest comic in my series "Who Needs Art" is up on It's a reflective stroll through a gallery of 20th-century American art.

In other exciting news, a few of my comics were selected to appear in the Best American Comics 2013! It's not available in stores until October, but you can see the cover (by the incomparable Kate Beaton) here.

Some other places you can find my work:
The Hic and Hoc Illustrated Journal of Humor, an outstanding collection of humor comics edited by Lauren Barnett and Nathan Bulmer.
Alternative Comics #4, featuring an equally star-studded lineup of cartoonists.
The "Nerds for Hire" podcast, where I discuss freelancing as a visual artist with hosts Non Wells and Mindy Holahan.