Category Archives: Events

Festival of the Fish Marketplace

I will be at Exchange Park (the corner of Rts. 6 and 60 in downtown Vermilion) Friday, Saturday, and Sunday doing caricatures during the big Fish Festival. This is one of the biggest events, next to Woolybear, during the year, so come on down and get turned into a toon.

This will be my first Fish Festival, so if you’ve been looking for an excuse to visit this great event, this is it.

Third Thursday at Granny Joe’s

On Thursday, June 16 from 6pm to 9pm eastern, I will be doing caricatures at Granny Joe’s Ice Creamatorium. 5598 Liberty Ave Vermilion,  OH  (440) 967-3663. Stroll about downtown Vermilion, listen to a variety of musicians and get some good ice cream.


Happy New Year. Back to Work!

Everyone who does content for the Internet seems to saying what a great year 2011 will be for them and that how they will kick 2010’s ass in some vague way or other. Instead of saying how they’re going to do, they’re making vague statements, metaphors and pronouncements while paving more road to hell with good intentions.

Sure, that’s normal human behavior at this time of year, but I’m going to go one better and give you an actual sneak peek at what’s coming up this year for me, instead of just saying what a swell year it will be.

Comfort Zone the Comic: I did a crappy (really, it was) little webcomic that kind of went way off course last year. I let it go for awhile, but this year, starting in January, I’m going to resolve the “story” of the last comic and bring it into a better storytelling format. It will be twice a week, but instead of three panels twice a week, it will be more of a comic-sized page, or an old time Sunday Comics sized strip, when strips took up 90% of a page. I want to create a comic to show off my real art and storytelling chops.

I don’t want to creatively masturbate three panels a day with week jokes.

Podcasts: Open Mike, Insert Foot is done. Finished. Out with a whimper. I have gotten everything out of that experience that I can get and it is time to move on to bigger and better things. Shows that are better prepared, less reliant on random callers and other people, and stuff that I’m more passionate about.

That Stupid Podcast premieres in January. The first episode sets up the concept and format, and from there, well, it gets stupid.  People are getting dumber and I’ll show you how, with a bit of observation and a pinch of comedy.

Before the Crisis is the working title for my comic book podcast. It will talk mostly about my life in comics, specifically focusing on the years before 1986, comics’ best year (in my lifetime). It will have a strong focus on different types of cultures in comics, the DC multiverse as it was in that time, and many other topics that you don’t hear on Major Spoilers or Word Balloon.  I’m hoping to launch this in the Spring.

Mike the Art Guy: Art, Internet, Business. I’m going to call upon my associates to share with me their experiences in art, Internet, and business. This show will be for working artists and Internet content providers. In between may be episodes that are more journal in nature, where I share my adventures and observations. Still finalizing the format, so look for more announcements about the final launch date in February or March.

I will also be ramping up production on my original artwork, prints, cards, caricatures, and other commission work, or as it’s known, my real job.

I’m not just pulling this stuff out of my butt, mind you. I’ve long ago planned everything out and documented it, so I can focus and keep on schedule with my various projects.

So with that all out in the open, and practically daring myself to fail, I want to take a moment to wish you all a productive and fun year, not just right now in January, but all year long.

Now get back to work.


Lowest Commission Price of the Year

I am having a sale today and tomorrow at my Bonanzle booth on caricature commissions from your photos. Normally, I sell these commissions for 50 bucks, but today and tomorrow, you can get them for 15 dollars plus whatever extras you would like to add. Just read the sale description to find out more.

Holiday shopping season is coming up soon. Why not get a head start on it and save some money?

This Weekend, April 22 – 24

Getting back into busy season here at studio and I’m looking forward to it. First off, on Friday, I will be at Skyview Lodge in Brunswick for their monthly Friday Night Wines Art Event. There will be various arts and crafts people vending their wares, I’ll be doing caricatures and selling art, and there’s usually a band. That runs from 7 to 11 pm on Friday, April 23.

Then on Saturday and Sunday, I will be at the Mill Hollow Reservation Herb Fair. It’s an odd fit, I know, but it’s a fun break from all of the flora, for sure. Saturday, April 23 is from 11 to 4 pm and Sunday April 24 is from noon to 4 pm. Hope to see you there.

The Return of Pet Fest

When I do an event, it takes a lot to really piss me off. And it takes a whole lot more to get me back after said piss-offedness. Here’s an example.

Let me note that show runner Barb Sipos had nothing to do with the events that led to my discouragement.

Last year, I did a gig at the Black River Landing in Lorain. It was called Pet Fest and it promised to be a big party, blow-out the summer type of event, with a car show, bands, and the usual suspects.

Instead, it was cold, wet, rainy, and windy as all get out. My display rack fell over and apart at least once. Fortunately, most of my art is in plastic holders, so I only  had to wipe it off, but still, until the sun came out, I was pissed.

Fortunately, the sun did come out, then the people came out, and things improved quickly. Despite the cancellation of the car show and some of the other participants, it turned out to be a good chance to network and get my name out to the pet owning demographic.

Barb Sipos, the person who runs the event, has invited last year’s attending vendors an incentive to come back, and I’m all about the incentive. I’m even more about having you attend and bring your pets. There will be, in addition to the requisite festival attendees, a whole bunch of great pet service and shelter groups, whose work I heartily support.

Pet Fest, year two, will be a two day event and will be held September 21 and 22. Go to to find out more.

Matus Winery on February 13

Valentine’s Day is Sunday February 14. But you need to get the GF or BF or whatever a last minute gift?

Art is a great gift. And I will be making art at Matus Winery in Wakeman on February 13 from 6 until ???. Specifically, I’ll be drawing caricatures, so why not bring your favorite F along and get the two of you turned into toons. It’s fun and it will be a memorable Valentine’s Day experience.

Prices will be as follows:

Head and Shoulders   $5 per person (up to three per sheet)

Full Body    $10 per person

Color an additional $5 per person

Protective display sleeves, only $3

And while you’re at Matus, try their new cherry wine. It should be pretty good.

The Matus Winery website is There you can find out more about Matus and what’s coming up in the future.