Nothing Echoes Like an Empty Mailbox

On Friday, September 30, I attended a special presentation at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa as the United States Post Office unveiled a new set of postage stamps commemorating the centennial of Charles Schulz’s birth. I had a great time, and had a lot of fun catching up with old friends at the museum.

So what was I doing there, apart from trying to hang out with Snoopy? Earlier this year, Patrick McGeehan of the Post Office reached out to me–author of The Complete Peanuts Family Album–to ask if I’d serve as a consultant on the project. This entailed a little bit of research, a little bit of editing, acting as a sounding board, and having long philosophical conversations about Peanuts. Right in my wheelhouse.

My contribution to the project was fairly small, mostly chiming in on the biographical information included in the main stamp booklet and in the strip collection, Nothing Echoes Like an Empty Mailbox, but it was a fun, really interesting experience. Anything for Charlie Brown, right?

Nothing Echoes Like an Empty Mailbox, book and commemorative card

Comic-Con 2022!

We’re back!

My wife, Shaenon K. Garrity, is a Special Guest at the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con! She was invited for the 2020 convention to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her classic webcomic Narbonic, but fate had other plans. Better late than never!

I’ll be there, too, representing the Cartoon Art Museum! See me at booth #1634! I’ll be signing and drawing commissions to raise funds for the museum’s exhibitions and public programs. I won’t have any books for sale at my booth, but Insight Editions should have you covered if you want to buy my books at the convention.

I’ll also be doing commissions for the museum when I get back home, starting next Monday! I’ll post the link once it’s live, but for donations of $15 and up (give generously if you want to request multiple characters or full color artwork), I’ll draw Batman, TMNT, Harley Quinn, ’80s cartoons…pretty much anything.

Thanks, and stay safe!

LumaCon 2022!

It’s convention season!

This Saturday, April 30, I’ll be at my first convention since January 2020! That 2020 convention, my only one that year, was LumaCon, a fun, local con hosted by the libraries of Petaluma and run by a dedicated group of librarians, volunteers, and high school students.

LumaCon 2022!

Shaenon and I will be there from 10am-4pm and look forward to catching up with friends that we haven’t seen in person in the past couple of years, as well as diving back into the convention scene. It’s been too long.

Two new books! One big day!

I’ve got two books arriving on November 16!

Sideshow: Fine Art Prints, Vol. 2 has lots of great artwork, and a really nice Boba Fett cover!

Sideshow Collectibles Presents: Capturing Archetypes, Volume 4: Demigods and Defenders: The Balance of Power has the longest title imaginable, but just look for Thanos on the front cover and Grogu on the back cover and you’re all set!

Capturing Archetypes has a fun intro by Bobby Moynihan, a brilliant comedian who’s probably best known for his time on Saturday Night Live. I’m *this close* to being a Not Ready For Prime Time Player, I can feel it.

As always, signed and sketched copies will be available as soon as I receive books from my publisher. Drop me a line for details–cover price plus shipping gets you the character of your choice.

Sideshow Fine Art Prints and Capturing Archetypes

I’ve got two new books coming out from Insight Editions and Sideshow Collectibles this fall!

First up is Sideshow: Fine Art Prints Vol. 2, with a great Boba Fett cover! I’ve been wanting to have a Star Wars book in my bibliography for a long time now, and this is at least a start. In stores October 5!

Then, on November 2, you can add Sideshow Collectibles Presents: Capturing Archetypes Volume 4: Demigods and Defenders: The Balance of Power to your bookshelf! This one was a lot of fun, and it’s a great showcase for the amazing artistry and photography of the team at Sideshow Collectibles. Introduction by the great Bobby Moynihan!

DC: Collecting The Multiverse: The Art of Sideshow was published last fall, and I’ve still got copies available. Drop me a line and you can buy it from me for cover price plus free shipping in the U.S., and I’ll sign it and draw a sketch of your favorite DC character inside. Just drop me a line through the contact form on this site.

DC: Collecting the Multiverse

Happy November! I’m expecting my copies of DC: Collecting The Multiverse: The Art of Sideshow soon! If you’d like a signed and sketched copy, featuring the DC Comics character of your choice, contact me through this website to place an order! $75 plus shipping ($15 in the U.S. for Priority Mail flat rate) gets you a customized, personalized copy of this incredible collection!

DC: Collecting The Multiverse

I’ve got a new book out in November, celebrating the art of Sideshow Collectibles and their DC Comics toys and statues! Pre-order DC: Collecting The Multiverse: The Art of Sideshow today!

I filmed a promotional interview for the book for DC Fandome! Catch it here:

It’s a fun book with some incredible photography. My booth at the San Diego Comic-Con was always across from Sideshow’s, and it was great to have this opportunity to work with them on a big project.

Bowling Time!


I’ve got some gift books coming out later this year. My wife, Shaenon K. Garrity, was the lead writer on the Parks and Rec and The Office books, which are packaged with talking buttons that will play your favorite catchphrases from those shows, and I wrote the Glow ‘n’ Bowl mini-kit that lets you enjoy cosmic bowling on your desktop.

Fun stocking stuffers that will be available at a bookstore or gift shop near you by early December.

Happy Bat-Holidays!

Happy Holidays! Don’t forget that Batman: The Definitive Guide to The Dark Knight in Comics, Film, and Beyond is the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone you know who wears really, really big stockings.


But you don’t have to take my word for it:

DC Comics News

Under The Radar

Daily Dead

Biff Bam Pop

DC Comics Holiday Gift Guide


Drop me a line if you want to order a signed and sketched version, available at cover price ($75) plus shipping (about $15 for Priority Mail in the U.S.). I’ll have some signed bookplates available soon, too, for those of you who’ve purchased the book and don’t expect to see me at a convention anytime soon.
Happy Holidays, everyone!


RIP Tom Lyle

Comic book artist and teacher Tom Lyle passed away this morning. I was fortunate enough to interview him about a year ago regarding his work on the Robin character for DC Comics, and I figured I’d share that whole interview here. It’s brief, but I thought Tom’s friends and fans might like to read it.

I never had the pleasure of meeting Tom in person, but he was incredibly generous with his time and we had some fun email and online exchanges over the years. My condolences to his friends and family.



  1. Who was “THE” Batman artist when you were a kid? Was there any particular artist who inspired you to go into comics?

Carmine Infantino was probably the main guy that I saw work from when I was a kid … or at least the first person that I took notice of. He was good with Batman, but not the best.

So, when Neal Adams popped on the scene, I took note. His work really SHOT off of the page and was inspiring to me. I had already gotten the bug to be a comic book illustrator by then, but Neal’s work on Batman and the X-Men

helped cement that decision.

  1. Were you a pro-Robin guy before you worked on the character? There doesn’t seem to be much middle ground among creators–they either love or hate the kid sidekick concept.

Before working on the mini-series, I really hated the whole concept of Robin. He was a boring hanger-on who got in Batman’s way. I wanted to read about BATMAN, not some kid who got in the way. Besides, the old Robin costume (my respects to Jerry Robinson and all the previous people who drew him before me) is just not cool. Not even close to cool. Whereas, BATMAN just looks cool – especially with that billowing cape that Neal added.

  1. You first worked with Chuck Dixon on Airboy, correct? Whose idea was it to pair you with him for the first Robin miniseries?

I first worked with Chuck Dixon on the SKYWOLF back-up stories in AIRBOY. We had met at conventions in Philadelphia and he suggested to Eclipse that they hire me. I was doing work for Wonder Color Comics at the time.

Nabbing the ROBIN mini-series was a fluke. I called up the Batman office looking for some fill-in work between my stint on STARMAN and starting on the COMET. The assistant editor, Dan Raspler, asked me if I’d be interested in doing a mini-series, but he wouldn’t tell me who was the main character until I said “yes.” It was for the BATMAN franchise, so, of course, I said “yes.”

Then Dan asked me if I knew any writers that knew quite a bit about martial arts. I suggested Chuck to them … and they liked that idea.

They especially liked the idea that both of us had worked together and that we already had a rapport together as well. So, they called up Chuck, brought us both to New York to talk about the mini-series, and the rest is history. A history that I am proud to be a part of.

  1. Chuck said that DC was really committed to making Robin a popular character. What was it about Tim Drake that clicked with fans? What separated him from Dick Grayson and Jason Todd?

Yes, DC wanted ROBIN to work, but if they had thought it would become the success it did, I don’t think that Chuck or I would have been offered the book. Neither of us were “A” list talents at the time, but that mini-series would make it happen.

The thing that Chuck and I understood about Tim versus any previous partners is this: He’s NOT a sidekick. He’s a viable character in and of himself. And we treated him that way.

And the fans responded.

Tim still had reverence to Batman and wanted to please him, but he was headstrong himself and sometimes did things that Batman had told him NOT to do. He had the desire to succeed.. And so did we. I still love Tim Drake for how he changed both my life and Chuck Dixon’s life.

  1. What was it like working on a fan favorite title at a time when the comics industry was in the midst of a huge upswing? You’d worked on some reasonably well-known titles before Robin, but that book was a blockbuster, and even scored some mainstream news coverage.

ROBIN made me an “A” list artist. It was an awesome opportunity. I’m eternally thankful to Denny O’Neil and Dan Raspler for taking a chance on me. It was fun work and really great getting to add to the Batman mythos. It was also a blast drawing a costume that was designed by Neal Adams and it was a great costume.

I’d never gotten the kind of press on any previous project that this one got. It was fun … and life-changing.

  1. Robin II featured Tim’s first battle with The Joker. What makes The Joker such an enduring villain? Did you draw inspiration from any particular previous version of the character when drawing that series?

I don’t think that I had a favorite version of the JOKER before that second series, though I think I was heavily influenced by the Joker that Marshal Rogers drew during his epic stint on DETECTIVE COMICS. He and Steve Englehart created some magic of their own in that run.


Joker’s unpredictability and manic personality make him a super-fun psychopath to deal with – not it real life. I’d never want to meet him in real life. WOW. Too scary. To draw in a comic book. Yep. That’s okay.