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My Pandemic Diary book now available

My Pandemic diary covers

My Pandemic Diary is now available in a 180 page book, in both a hardback and softcover volume. Hardcover is priced at $59.99 CDN/Softcover is priced at $49.99 CDN.

Books can be ordered directly from Blurb, a print-on-demand service:

I have reviewed copies of both versions and I am impressed by the printing and reproduction quality. Seeing the sketchbook as facing pages is real surprise and makes the journey even more dynamic. I hope everyone who has been asking for a book enjoy it as much as I do.

A few months from now, we will either revisit these pages and laugh, or burn them for heat.

That’s how I introduced My Pandemic Diary! to the public.

The sketchbook was never intended for public consumption. Its genesis was a conversation I had with my partner Christine. Actually less a conversation than a rant followed by a directive.

When the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, Christine was adamant that she couldn’t listen to my mad observations for the duration of this crisis, and I should grab a sketchbook and start writing it all down.

I am glad I started My Pandemic Diary! on Day One. It has an urgency and a shape-shifting tendency that wouldn’t be possible if I wrote it with hindsight. It is packed with suspense, generosity and betrayal because that’s what we were all experiencing in real time.

I also think it’s really funny.

Sharing My Pandemic Diary! was an afterthought. I’d put five pages at a time up on my website ( and the usual social media. People liked the diary and told me they looked forward to the next round of plague drawings. They also kept saying “You should make a book out of this!”

I don’t quite get that. My Pandemic Diary! is my own personal journal of a weird time. The art style depends on whatever materials were at hand, the political views swing wildly, it goes on nature walks, and it is fixated on my inability to get a haircut. But maybe its unevenness is its strength. Unevenness has been the watchword for the past two years.

Despite our attempts to keep stable, none of us has had any idea where we are going. My Pandemic Diary! is a dense, rollicking, swear-filled project that tries to, if not make sense of it all, at least make some good jokes.


Introduction to My Pandemic Diary!

Ghoul’s Gold sells 1000 copies


The young adult adventure story I illustrated, Ghoul’s Gold – the Mystery of the Chantry Island Treasure, has sold 1000 copies since it was published this fall! Author Doug Archer is looking at expanding distribution in the new year. In the meantime, I have a few copies at the studio if you’d like to pick one up before Christmas. They’re $9 each.
It’s also available on Amazon:

Hey buddy, got a light?

I’m pretty pleased with my latest art book, a 7″ square hardback called “Hey buddy, got a light?” Comprised of 25 paintings of animals smoking, the book will be sent to art directors but is also available to the public. These little books from Blurb have the feel of a children’s primer (indeed, my previous portfolio book was titled “Primer”).

“Hey buddy, got a light?” has its roots in a show of the same title I exhibited at Toronto’s Saving Grace cafe in 2005. The absurdity of all those animals smoking was amplified by the cafe’s close confines, and the exhibition was a near-sell out. Publishing this book lets me to share the aggregate impact of all the pieces in one place again.

I’ve included a handful of sketches in the book as well, where you can see a bit of my creative process.

“Hey buddy, got a light?” is available from in softcover and hardcover versions:

Art directors: contact me at to see a copy of this book.


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