Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Sharpen Your Crayons, Kids!

The exhibit catalog and coloring book for my upcoming show, File Under: Pop, is now available.

It's an old school "comb bound" booklet with forty 8 1/2" x 11" pages plus cardstock covers.

Each page features a black & white portrait of an entertainment giant, plus a fun fact about the subject. I know these facts are true, because I researched them using the Internet!

You can view a couple of sample pages here.

If you'd like to get a copy and start colorizing the likes of PJ Harvey, Spike Jones, and They Might Be Giants, click the handy PayPal button below:

The cover price is $10. Postage and packing in the US is $4.00. Unfortunately, international postage is costlier. The minimum for Priority International is $14.00. Ouch!

If requested, I'll be happy to sign the interior title page.

If you'd rather send a check, leave a comment, and include your email address. I'll reply with ordering instructions. I won't publish the comment, so your email address won't be out there for the world to see.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

More Fun with the iPhone Brushes App

Here's a time-lapse view of another finger-painting executed with the iPhone's "Brushes" application.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Press Release - File Under: Pop Opens July 10

Zombo Gallery
4900 Hatfield Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

June 8, 2009
Contact: Michael Devine [

Zombo Gallery Celebrates Two Years in Lawrenceville
with Wayno's Latest Show, File Under: Pop

PITTSBURGH -- Zombo Gallery, Pittsburgh's home for hipster art and culture, celebrates another year of quirkiness with its second anniversary show,
File Under: Pop, opening July 10, 2009.

Zombo Gallery, the creation of local entertainer and impresario Michael Devine, has become a showcase for artists of unique vision, and is Lawrenceville's hottest spot for unusual art happenings.

Wayno, Pittsburgh's rock & roll cartoonist, returns with File Under: Pop, his third solo exhibit at Zombo. His previous Zombo shows included the sold-out Squaresville in 2007, followed by 2008's door-buster, Stubble & Smoke. The current show features forty black & white portraits of musicians and other entertainers, originally created as illustrations for the Rhino Records division of Warner Music Group.

File Under: Pop highlights a different facet of Wayno's eclectic but always-recognizable style. In contrast to the loose, scruffy look of his previous exhibits, these portraits display a clean and economic "cartoon realism." The artist describes them as "Roy Lichtenstein without the halftone dots."

The show's title was inspired by the instructional text that appeared on record sleeves in the early days of LPs, as well as the Pop Art aesthetic that informs all of Wayno's work.

File Under: Pop also includes larger paintings based on some of the black & white portraits, limited edition prints, and an exhibit catalog in the form of a coloring book. Wayno chose the coloring book format to encourage the audience to take part in the creative process. "Even if they don't actually color in the book, thinking about how they might color it will give viewers a different take on the images."

Gallery owner Michael Devine said, "I'm always excited to see what Wayno comes up with for us. We're both interested in unusual music and art. I like to say that Wayno and Zombo are a perfect combo!"

The File Under: Pop opening reception is on Friday, July 10, 2008, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Normal gallery hours are Fridays from 5:00 to 7:30 PM, Saturdays from noon to 4:00 PM, or by appointment.

Zombo Gallery includes a retail area featuring custom T-shirts, DVDs, CDs, and recorded air checks of Devine’s radio show, which is heard Fridays from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on WRCT 88.3 FM.

Wayno is a cartoonist, illustrator, artist, and writer based in Pittsburgh. His clients include The New Yorker, Nickelodeon Magazine, McGraw-Hill Books, The Guardian, Table, and The New York Times. He is a member of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators and the National Cartoonists Society, and is a founding board member of the ToonSeum, Pittsburgh's museum of the cartoon arts.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has called Wayno "Pittsburgh's go-to guy for rocking illustrations," and Pop City Media referred to him as "a household hipster name."

For additional information, call 412-904-3703, or visit


Saturday, June 06, 2009

Bizarro meets Wayno yet again!

Today's Bizarro comic is my third collaboration with the swashbuckling cartoonist Dan Piraro.

I wrote the gag, and gave Dan a drawing to work from, which he improved upon greatly. I'm really pleased with the way Mister P brought this gag to life. In my original sketch, the characters looked more like Easter Island heads, which are pretty funny in their own right, but they aren't tikis, and I should know better.

Make sure you track down the paper, so you can see the hilarious title block that runs alongside the panel.

And, I like the joke too.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

iPhone Brushes App

The iPhone's new Brushes application is pretty spiffy, and it has a companion program that allows you to export you painting as a video showing all of the brushstrokes along the way. Here's one where I tried to use a style similar to my acrylic paintings:

Preview of File Under: Pop

Below are two sample pages from the File Under: Pop exhibit catalog and coloring book. All 40 portraits from the show will be included in this comb-bound book, along with fun facts about each subject. It will be a limited edition, probably 100 copies, and will sell for $10.

Full list of portraits:

  • David Bowie
  • Lenny Bruce
  • The Cars
  • Johnny Cash (Folsom Prison era)
  • Johnny Cash (American Recordings era)
  • Cheech & Chong
  • The Clash
  • Bootsy Collins
  • Dick Dale
  • DEVO
  • Bob Dylan
  • The Everly Brothers
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Allen Ginsberg
  • P.J. Harvey
  • INXS
  • Spike Jones
  • Chaka Khan
  • Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Charles Mingus
  • The Monkees (group)
  • Micky Dolenz
  • Davey Jones
  • Mike Nesmith
  • Peter Tork
  • Richard Pryor
  • The Ramones
  • Roy Rogers
  • Todd Rundgren
  • Sam & Dave
  • The Smiths
  • Sonny & Cher
  • Dusty Springfield
  • Television
  • They Might Be Giants
  • Don Van Vliet (Captain Beefheart)
  • The Velvet Underground
  • Bob Wills
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Ed Wood

All pieces are 9" x 9" overall (live image is about 6" x 6"). They're professionally framed with acid-free backing, conservation glass, and a spacer to keep the glass off the art. The show opens July 10, but I'll offer pre-sales to blog followers. Send a message if interested in seeing any portrait and getting a quote.