Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Thank you, Incidental Comics readers, for all your support this year! It's been amazing to see the publication of my first book, first calendar, and many other exciting projects. I'm thankful I get to make comics that people all over the world can read and enjoy.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Friday, November 3, 2017

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Looking Up

This comic is based on actual events. My favorite time of year is when I can lie under the ash tree in my backyard without getting swarmed by mosquitos. Sometimes I take a nap. Sometimes I just stare up at the sky. Usually it inspires a comic. I may have stolen the "gold coins" metaphor from Pablo Neruda. If so, it was entirely intentional.

The Shape of Ideas Book | The Shape of Ideas Calendar | Incidental Comics Poster Shop

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

How to Finish

 This comic was inspired by Jon Acuff's new book Finish. Thanks to Jon for the collaboration - you can get this poster on his book tour!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


As a recovering perfectionist, I was thrilled when author Jon Acuff asked me to draw a poster for his new book Finish. Visit Jon on his book tour to get a poster, or find it at my shop.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Lately I've been reading poetry by Mary Oliver, Ted Kooser, and Pablo Neruda. It's like looking at the ordinary world through a lens that gives common things extraordinary brilliance. This comic is my attempt to capture that feeling.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Happy (almost) Autumn! A book and calendar of my comics have just been published by Abrams. 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017


Here's a page from "The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity." For more inspiration, order it online here:

Amazon | Abrams | IndieBound | Indigo | B&N | BAM

Photo credit: Lindsey Fisher

Monday, August 14, 2017

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Shape of Ideas Calendar

I'm excited to announce that The Shape of Ideas 2018 Calendar is out today! May your upcoming year be filled with inspiration.

You can order it online here.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


I have a new book out about the joys and frustrations of doing creative work!  You can order it online here:

Amazon | Abrams | IndieBound | Indigo | B&N | BAM

Friday, July 21, 2017


My first book collection of Incidental Comics is out now! You can order it online here:

Amazon | Abrams | IndieBound | Indigo | B&N | BAM

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Los Angeles Review of Books Interview

I was interviewed by the Los Angeles Review of Books about making philosophical comics, finding artistic courage, and creating The Shape of Ideas

You can read the full interview here. A big thanks to interviewer Jeffrey Kindley for his thoughtful questions and deep reading of my work!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Some of My Best Friends are Records

From The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity. Find it at your friendly local bookstore, or order it online here:

Amazon | Abrams | IndieBound | Indigo | B&N | BAM

Friday, July 7, 2017


For more comics of visual and personal exploration, check out my new book, The Shape of Ideas! You can order it online here:

Monday, July 3, 2017

Sketches of Summer

The first book collection of Incidental Comics was published this summer! The Shape of Ideas is available internationally wherever books are sold. You can find it online here:

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Cure for Writer's Block

I have a new book on inspiration, ideas, and overcoming creative blocks, published by Abrams Books.

You can purchase it online here:

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Ingredients of Shakespeare

This comic appears in the latest issue of The Southampton Review.

Want to get inspired? My new book on creativity is out now from Abrams Books:

Literary posters are available at my shop.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Writing Exercises

This comic appears in the latest issue of The Southampton Review.

Check out my new book on ideas, creativity, and writing:

Literary posters are available at my shop.

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Shape of Ideas: The Book!

My first book, The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity, was just published by Abrams ComicArts. (You've probably heard me shouting with enthusiasm about it on social media.) It's been a wonderful experience, and the book turned out better than I could have imagined. A big thanks goes to my editor, Charlie Kochman - his vision and creative insight gave The Shape of Ideas its unique form, thoughtful sequence, and high production values. Thank you to my agent, Judy Hansen, who has been a tireless advocate for my work. And thank you, dear readers, for following, sharing, and supporting Incidental Comics!

If you've already read and enjoyed the book, you can help spread the word. Review it online, tell your local bookstore staff, or share it with your classroom or book group. It's a perfect gift for creative people ages eight through eighty. If you have yet to read it, I highly recommend getting a copy!

Thanks also to recent School of Visual Arts MFA graduate Lindsey Fisher for taking these great photos of the book:

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Last week I got to visit Book Expo in NYC to meet the team at Abrams Books who made The Shape of Ideas a reality. Here's me (and SpongeBob) alongside my book:

I'll be doing a mini-book tour in the Denver area this week and some library and conference appearances this summer. Stay tuned to for my event schedule, interviews, and reviews of The Shape of Ideas.