In 2007, I drew some character designs for the amazing and unique Seattle bar/gallery space McLeod Residence. Its website had a quasi-social network feature which assigned users a different animal/color/trait symbol based on their response to a short list of questions, much like an astrological sign (I don’t recall what the logic was behind how these were assigned). From left to right, the concepts I was asked to illustrate are: rational olive whale; lucky blue polar bear; sensual goldrenrod octopus; creative turquoise fox; visionary purple snail; intuitive tangerine penguin; wealthy red owl; risk-taking yellow jellyfish; emotional green alpaca; sociable indigo bee; healthy orange albatross; and aesthetic merlot butterfly.
This drawing of French philosopher Jacques Derrida was published in Talk To Her (Fantagraphics Books, 2004), a collection of interviews by Kristine McKenna.
From 2007 to 2010 I illustrated reader letters and comments as a regular feature for The Stranger. This one was written to the paper by someone who attended the last call at the first incarnation of the Pony, a fabulously grimy bar in Capitol Hill. My idea was to draw the letter as if it had been created with the detritus left by patrons on the floor of the bar. See more via the link below:
Last year I drew a bunch of comics and illustrations for stories about shoes, which appeared on a blog created by Margot Case. We’re no longer doing these, but the stories and drawings are archived at inyrshoes.wordpress.com.