Watch these videos to learn about my
artistic philosophy and my
life as a street artist...
Before I had a smartphone or an internet connection, the way I could get my message out was to go old school, put pen to paper, and start sharing my view of the world the only way I knew how. In a world increasingly defined by the amount of Time we spend interacting digitally instead of face to face, something hand-made and delivered with a personal touch was just what I could do to differentiate myself and take bold action in the direction of huge dreams.
I always liked when People used the wrong word and complimented me on "the animation" - that told me that the art came alive in front of them.
I started out on the streets of downtown Toronto, asking strangers to buy my comic books. I sold the latest issue during the afternoon, and spent the evenings drawing pages for the next one. Within months, I was additionally planning a series of underground release events in venues ranging from a theatre company’s rehearsal space, to a converted munitions plant, to a nightclub while closed for renovations with the walls ripped out.
I signed with a publisher to relaunch my series in full color with a new first issue and worldwide distribution. While they wasted time and jerked me around, I continued to produce my live event series. That become an increasing focus as the short films I was creating for those events started getting noticed by TV producers. By the time that comics publisher went bankrupt without publishing my series, I was working as a writer & producer on a late night TV show. That show didn’t take my advice about YouTube when they could have been the first mainstream entertainment brand on the platform. By the time that show was cancelled, I was focused on creating YouTube videos. Today I’m basically living every fantasy I ever had about being a big deal in the Comic Con world, frequently appearing and performing across the U.S. and Canada, except it’s for my YouTube videos instead of my comic books. I’m still doing the same thing I always did, except that the Internet is a much bigger street corner.
I've still got lots more comics stories I want to tell, and one day I hope to see a collected edition of all of my old stuff available. In the meantime, enjoy this blast from my past! And if you're someone who bought one of these from me on the street back in the day, drop me a line and let me know!