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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sketchbook Sunday (posted on Friday) by Jeffro

I recently did this drawing in my sketchbook while sitting on the edge of the Jack Greenberg piers in Fishtown. If you'd like to read about it and see the finished piece, please click this link:

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Anthony Pedro - TOOTH, TUSK & TALON @ Proximity

Opening Reception: April 1, 2011, 6pm-9pm
Proximity Gallery

If you've ever broken bread with Anthony Pedro you may have noticed a distant look in his eyes, a twitch to his ear as if listening for an approaching storm. Anthony Pedro is in fact a Haunted Man. Down through time blows a wind carrying with it the whispering of grasses and the sad song of flora and fauna long since fossil fuel. He hears this, whether or not he chooses to, and is bound to record it in pigment and oil. The cacophony of teeth in flesh and cackle of nearby hyena keep him up late on tempest wrought nights. The banging of kettledrums and guttural chant is so loud he might as well be standing white knuckled on a steamer, bobbing silently on the Nile or Amazon.

Anthony's pockets are always bulging, filled with a strange array of tools and charms, lest he be ill prepared for when Gia comes crashing through the wall of sleep, the thin veil of time, and confronts him with all the tooth, tusk, and tal...on of his nightmares. He collects bones and hides, but what we don't see is the phantom flesh and sinew that collects and writhes, bleating, howling his name in the horrid tongue of the bush. Even when at peace, his hands twitch and move as if caressing an unseen rifle stock, carved with ornate fetishes and beasts on a drunken night around a campfire in the Burma jungle. Anthony has long since followed the ignis fautus into the misty woods and never returned. Anthony Pedro is a Haunted Man.

While his time as man is of current standing, his soul exists on a wholly different plane, a plane that is choked with vines and abnormally large vegetation. His spirit runs through jungle, desert, and forest alongside beasts man can never ...again behold. His earthly body is a beacon for his mind, which receives the crackle and hisses of transmissions, reporting his travels, hardships, grief, his kill. This is why Anthony Pedro's work is so important, so vital to us. It reads like an environmentalist's journal, which is doomed to jump to and fro different periods, eons, and hemispheres. Without Anthony Pedro's paintings we would not know about his other life, his true self, or his curse. And when soma joins pneuma, and Anthony leaves the present time, we can take solace in the fact that he is now complete, and will forever walk the forest smiling, periodically making bird calls. And when he is gone, his paintings will tell an epic story of an adventure more expansive than the Odyssey. Anthony Pedro is a Haunted, nay, Hunted man.

words: Sam Heimer

Proximity Gallery
2434 East Dauphin Street (in Fishtown)
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Contact: 267-825-2949

Roger Petersen - Phillies: Past and Present Art Show @ The Lost Bar

Saturday, March 26, 2011


I just finished this t-shirt design for Amnesty. You can check out some tunes here. It's looking like a busy couple months ahead so keep your eyes peeled for new work. Also, mark your calendars. April 23rd I'll be showing a years worth of Solid Good Times posters over at Masthead. Hope to see you there.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Mundane Apocolpses

Hello all (long time reader, first time poster),
I'm finally submitting some work.  I just started a new blog called Mundane Apocolypses which is about living in the domicile and making it work day-to-day, in short, domestic bliss.  Thanks for your time.
Andrew Hart

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spot Illustrations

So here are a couple examples of spot illustrations, both based on editorial assignments asked for me to do from my internship sponsor, Emily Flake--who gets work from much media such as The New Yorker, Globe Magazine, and New York Times, etc.

"Hormones." Pen and ink on Rives BFK, digitally colored in photoshop. 

Based on an article about a period within a household when a teenager's hormones rise rapidly during puberty the same time when a middle-aged mom's hormones rapidly decrease during menopause. This supposedly explains a lot of parent-teenage feuds. 

"Brooklyn." Graphite on Rives BFK.

Based on a book review about a woman struggling to leave immigrant-embodied Brooklyn in the 1940's. Trying to start a new life, she is held back by her mother, her church, and a supposed suitor. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Hey Gang,
I don't normally do this but I have a piece posted on the Art Order blog right now.
If you could go and check it out I would eternally grateful.
If you happen to have time to post a comment I'll owe you one.

It was a lot of fun to work on and it's something I would like to do more of.
So give it a gander and let me know what you think?
You can see the step by step on how I put the image together at my blog here.

Above: Screen capture from the site.

Below: Detail of finished piece.

Monday, March 21, 2011

End of the reign of the thunder lizards

Hey all, it has been some time since I last posted, I put up some Dino-art before and decided to do so again. This is the piece I ended up finishing for the Age Of Reptiles show at Paradigm a bit ago. I hope you enjoy! (I sold it and a print too...hooray!) I found a palette online that was allegedly composed of colors frequently used to color Jack Kirby there is that.


Charlie Santore and the 2011 Ely

This was a lively weekend for the PCS. We went for a downtown walkabout on Sunday and happened to stumble by The Saloon, owned by the family of renowned children’s book illustrator Charlie Santore. Charlie was nice enough to give our group the grand tour of the place, explaining where all of the art and antiquities came from. The Saloon has an amazing collection of beautiful art and old-tymie signage. The place is a treasure chest for anyone who has an eye for art.

PCS members cold chillin' with Charlie Santore at the Saloon

We then took it on the heel to Tattooed Mom’s for a beer before attending the UArts Senior Illustration Exhibition and ELY Reception. The Ely Award is given every year to a standout student in the program. I am not sure who judged this year, but it had to be a tough decision. There was a lot of really good art on the walls. These students are very talented. Today was also the first time we met new member Adam Mazur. Adam ran into James, an old buddy of his who is enrolled in the UArts’ Illustration program. By the way, a handful of PCS members are also UArts instructors (hence Patch’s tie), and a whole bunch are alumni, so the Ely is something we look forward to every year. Plus we get to see the mob of art-hungry zombies coming up the trail.

Miguel Co won the Ely this year for his beautifully rendered children’s book illustrations.

I also really liked this dude Max Gordon’s stuff.

Concetta looking up...

Eamon Dougherty making his serious face. Sadly, I forgot to take a picture of Anthony Pedro when he was hanging out.

After the reception, we got together with the lumberjack printers at Awesome Dudes (where Max has been working) and had a few beers and shots of pickle juice at The Bar on Sansom Street, then dinner at Fergie’s. All in all, it was a great day out filled with cool art and brodacious golden awesomeness.

Jam drawing that graces my sketchbook made by these PCS hooligans

From the OUST Bin.

3 pieces, 3 different movies. All with "B" names. Simple enough. Try and guess what they are*


*1:Bill and Ted's excellent Adventure, Beetlejuice, Back to the Future.

Sunday, March 20, 2011


I just want to say that I am really happy that I met the founders and the active participants of Y'all are so nice and welcoming. It's great to feel like I am welcomed into and be part of an art-based community.


Watercolor and collage on Rives BFK.
This prompt challenge was to visually depict three words that describe a sound.

Saturday, March 19, 2011


Hey folks. Hope you're all well. The above is a teaser for an upcoming show/book I'm excited as all get out to be curating. More about it HERE on my blog. Also, some new work on my side-project HERE.

And, a big THANK YOU to Jeffro for throwing an awesome PCS Mardi-gras party! It was great seeing you all!

More soon!

Friday, March 18, 2011

First Post!

Hey, y'all! I'm new to this, but I'm very eager and grateful to be part of this community!

Here is my first post of a couple pieces I did for a potential client who asked me to illustrate very specific prompts based on his children's book. It was a contest-based application; me competing with other illustrators, I assume. However, I was skeptical with this guy since I met him on a "freelance website" and he didn't show me any credentials or proof of payment. All in all, I didn't accept the job, even though I was "chosen." Either way, I have new work for my portfolio! 

I hope this community will provide more promising prospects.

MR. G & KESONE - Still Ill

Photo by Mr. G

WAYBACK PCS affiliate Mr. G recently did up the side of the Barbary in Fishtown with widely renown artist KESONE. Click HERE to check out Derty Dave's site to see the progression of the piece.

Mr. G has been on a creative tear lately, channeling all his energy to art shows, shirt designs, sign designs and all kinds of stuff. His hands haven't stopped moving in months. You can CLICK HERE to see some of the Apparel and Art he's been making and selling at The Lodge.


The Age of Reptiles show (curated by Anthony Pedro) closes tonight. If you haven't been out to see it yet, please get there. A whole bunch of PCS members and Autumn Society members have some really decent work in the show paying tribute to what Dan Rather called "History's Greatest Generation" - the Dinosaurs!

Here is my contribution to the show:

"No Extinction" by Jeffro Kilpatrick

For more information and to watch a video of the show's opening, please visist the Autumn Society's site by clicking HERE.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

What Exit?

Here is a design i created exclusively for What's Well glad you asked... They are an online t-shirt store that partners with artists from around the country to create designs based on different cities and states. Or as I have been describing it, "You'll 'get' these t-shirts if your from the city or state..." t-shirt site. For some shirts, 10% of sales will be earmarked for a specific nonprofit. For all "city" shirts, 10% of sales will go to an organization doing work in that specific city. That way, when you buy a shirt to represent your home, the benefits go right back to where you live.

Hopefully you guys can show a little brotherly love for one of your Garden State members...

I was the first to get a crack at the NJ which made me very excited. The idea behind the design was simple. When people think of NJ, they think of a big highway with a bunch of diners. So what better way to represent NJ by creating an awesome retro diner highway exit sign! It comes on a cool grey nifty t-shirt for your wearing pleasure.

Fellow PCS has also created designs for and you can check them out by clicking here.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

One Set of Horns

I was recently asked by Ape Entertainment to do the back up stories for their upcoming Kung Fu Panda 2 books. This is page 4 in that 8 page story.

See the coloring process for this page at my blog...

I'm finishing up the second and third back up story now. They will be showing up in the upcoming comics, to be released with the movie.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Greetings from the "Away Team"

Hey, PCSers! After taking something of an art-making sabbatical, I'm grinding off some rust and getting the old gears in synch. Since Jeff graciously invited me to post here, I figured I'd touch base. After all, you can take the kid out of Philly, but there's no taking Philly out of the kid.

I donated the above Captain America to the local bus drivers' annual "Military Cookout," which benefits servicemen and their families. The organizers have decided to auction it off, so here's hoping it does its job and finds an appreciative home.

Anyway ... I miss you guys, glad to see you're still active and really enjoy seeing your messages pop up in my Google reader. 'Til then, I'll consider myself part of the PCS Away Team. Peace.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Artist Trading Cards at the Free Library.

Yours truly will be hosting an Artist Trading Card session at the Free Library of Philadelphia as part of their One Book One Philadelphia event.The session starts at 3:30pm and should go to around 6pm. It is a free event and open to all ages. I am hoping to have a few of my fellow Philadelphia Cartoonist Society members on hand to make and trade cards along with all that attend.
Making Artist Trading Cards is always a lot of fun and you get to walk away with some really kewl artwork at the end of the session. Hope to see you there.

If you are unfamiliar with Artist Trading Cards (ATC) you find out more information here.
And I have posted some of my cards from a previous session at Kathy Davis Studios here.

Artist Trading Cards
hosted by Patch and Teen Tuesdays at the Library
Tuesday, March 15th from 3:30pm to 6pm
at the Free Library of Philadelphia Main Branch
1901 Vine Street, Skyline Room, 4th floor
All Ages, Free Event

Piqued Primate Protests Prices of Potent Potables

Mickey & Sylvia's monochromatic night at the movies continues as Monkey & Bird by Joe Williams and Tina Garceau continues at CO2 Comics. Click HERE to catch the latest installment!

Willceau Site | Willceau Illo News

Thursday, March 10, 2011

PCS Mardi Gras 2011

Chris DeRose, Sam Heimer, James PointDuJour (a rowdy bunch)

Members of the Philadelphia Cartoonist Society bro'd down at Jeffro's apartment the Saturday before Fat Tuesday 2011 for a Pre-Mardi Gras celebration. It was the first time in a while that so many members got together in such a big group. There must have been over 25 people crammed into this tiny one-bedroom apartment at one point. It was also coincidentally James PointDuJour's birthday. Everyone seemed to have a great night, drank, listened to New Orleans music, ate some good food and talked trash on each other like the old days. Sadly, there wasn't enough room to pick up a pencil and draw.

PCS Members in attendance included: Chris "Patch" Patchell, Andrew Hart, Andy Hoffman, Kyle Margiotta, Christine Larsen, Dave Perillo, Scott Derby, Sam Heimer, James Heimer, Paul Palcko, Concetta Barbera, Tim Durning, Chris DeRose, Rich Marcej, Chris Webb, Melissa Lomax, James PointDuJour and several other friends, wives, and partners.

It is my hope that gatherings like this can re-invigorate the crew. The next time we get together like this, hopefully it will be at a place with big drawing tables. It's good to know that the PCS is alive and well (and not only banded through the internet).

Scott Derby, Jeffro Kilpatrick, Chris DeRose, Dave Perillo
photos taken on Iphone by Emily Calvanese

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Monkey Business...

The latest in my Animals Are People Too series! Except I can't seem to come up with a name for this chimp! So far I like "Lunar Dilemma" but I'm just not sure... thoughts?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Valentine Ep 10 Choice Cuts

A cluster of my favorite screens from the next episode of Valentine are at my blog.

Valentine is free on comixology!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Popularity Papers Book release!

The Popularity Papers: The Long-Distance Dispatch Between Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang has officially been released! There's going to be a launch party at Children's Book World on Saturday, March 12th at 4, with signing and refreshments. Please come on down, it's a wonderful bookstore and I'd love to see you there.

Children's Book World
17 Haverford Station Road
Haverford, Pennsylvania 19041

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Part of This Complete Breakfast: Back to the Future

Check out the latest entry in my Part of This Complete Breakfast series. This piece was done as a commission for a nice fellow who bought the original 3 pieces in the series. He requested Back to the Future... need i say more?

Friday, March 4, 2011

Out 2 dry Art Show Opening Reception TONIGHT!

Thanks to everyone that participated. A very special thanks to the gang at Brave New Worlds and the nice words they posted here.
The turnout for this was overwhelming. I think we hung more than a hundred pieces? My apologies but we ran out of space. It's a wonderful show and we will be updating it regularly. So be sure to check it out.
See you all tonight.

a collection of sketches, prints and miscellany
March 4 to 31
Opening Reception Friday, March 4 from 6pm to 9pm
Brave New Worlds Comic Shop
45 N. 2 ND Street (Olde City)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Philadelphia Web-Comic: EAT THE BABIES

Hey, PCS! I met some of you when I first moved here and would go down to Bob & Barbara's for drawing night. It's too bad that that tradition has finally come to an end, because I am finally moving to South Philadelphia in a couple months and it wouldn't be so logistically hard for me anymore. In fact, I'll be living very near the South Philly Tap Room, so if anyone felt like moving a drawing night to there, I'd be down. I'll split a seitan cheese-steak with anyone.

I ran into Jeff on the street recently and we were talking about the web-comic I've been working on, and he told me I should post it up on here.

It's called Eat the Babies, and it's about a walking talking TV that's exploring the world, culture and economics. Soon, one of his good friends, Woody Guthrie, will make a first appearance. Shortly after that, John Maynard Keynes will show up. They are the two most consistently recurring characters, but the nice thing about the comic is there is no story you have to follow. It's just a daily strip of off-kilter, quirky humor. Let me know what you think.

So there's one of my latest strips, above. I've been working on this thing since May. I have just shy of 100 strips already drawn and about 80 of those have already been loaded into my website, coming out one at a time, each Tuesday and Friday. I'm writing this only to say that the drawing gets a lot better. I know, because I've already done it and watched them improve. The first ones are real rough.

If you want to keep an eye on it, though, the easiest way is to subscribe to the feed. Or just keep checking the site, Tuesdays and Fridays (for now).

By the way, are any PCS'ers thinking about driving to SPACE 2011 in Colombus, OH, in a couple weeks. I'm going. It would be cool to share a care.

Anyway, I had lost track of PCS there for a while, but it's cool to see that there's a blog. Now that I am actively cartooning again, I will keep an eye on this space.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Market Street Circa 1982

Sadly, this is not cartoon related, but it is Philly related in that Philadelphia Magazine has published one of my photos in their March issue! Read all about it here: