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Guess what? It’s time to pre-order your copy of “Cringe: an anthology of embarrassment” and get great rewards through our Kickstarter campaign!

CRINGE collects over twenty stories of personal humiliation, shame & awkwardness from a variety of indie cartoonists.  

Contributors include Cara Bean, Box Brown, Jeffrey Brown, Chris Carlier, Peter Conrad, Chad Essley, Andrew Farago, Shaenon Garrity, Delaine Derry Green, Sam Henderson, Victor Kerlow, Steve Lafler, Lizz Lunney, Fred Noland, Stephen Notley, Adam Pasion, Sam Spina, Geoff Vasile, Jamie Vayda & Alan King, Chad Woody, Jess Worby & J.T. Yost. 

Front cover by John Kerschbaum, back cover by Danny Hellman, title page by Gabby Schulz and spot illustration by Noah Van Sciver

Edited by Peter S. Conrad

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25 Years Ago Today!

Actually, I wrote this comic in 1991 but the “action” is set on this day in 1989. And it’s all true. Enjoy!


Mystery Sketch of the Night

I woke up this morning to find this doodling of Slim Goodbody in my sketchbook. I have no recollection of drawing it. Or why.image

Not Exactly The HIghlight of My Career

I was recently reminded of a job I sorta bungled a year or so ago. I’ll spare you all the gory details (contract problems) but here’s the result, a find-the-hidden-pictures puzzle loosely based on the Hall of Dinosaurs at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History that won’t see print. So, just for fun, can you find the tweezers, scissors, eyeglasses, teacup, pliers, spool of thread, plunger, comb, spatula, feather, slice of pie, cupcake, football, hockey stick, band-aid, apple core, ant, wishbone, crown, ice cream pop, party hat, leaf, golf club, chopsticks and a ruler?



The Age of Play - Part One

A brand new serialized comic story launches today at Study Group Comic Books. I’ll be updating this weekly.

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Rejected Sketch O’ The Day

Here’s a (totally understandably) rejected sketch from this past week.

An Untitled Story About an Apple Tree

Another old tree-themed comic in honor of yesterday being Arbor Day, my favorite holiday of the year. This one is from the 2001 SPX anthology.


In honor of yesterday being Arbor Day (a holiday near and dear to us Kerschbaums) here for your reading pleasure is my 1999 Ignatz-nominated mini comic Timberdoodle. It has to do with wood. Probably NSFW. 



Angie Bongiolatti - Back cover design, blurbs, and release details

This is the back cover design to the book, which includes some amazing quotes by cartoonists Tom Kaczynski and Eleanor Davis.

Secret Acres distributed a press release earlier this week, and here’s what it said:

Secret Acres is delighted to introduce you to Angie Bongiolatti, the third graphic novel from Mike Dawson. An all-new, all original story, Angie Bongiolatti is Dawson’s most provocative, complex and adult work yet. Following its launch at the 2014 Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Festival in New York City on April 5th, Angie Bongiolatti will be in stores everywhere April 15th.

Tom Kaczynski, author of Beta Testing the Apocalypse and Trans Terra writes:

"In Angie Bongiolatti we get to follow a group of young New Yorkers as they navigate the slippery slopes between work, play, friendship, sex and politics in a post 9/11 world. Mike Dawson once again demonstrates his enviable ability to create compelling ensemble casts. His new book honestly explores just how personal the political can be."

Set in the same universe as Troop 142, Dawson’s much acclaimed tale of Boy Scouts gone wild, Angie Bongiolatti puts away childish things and moves into the city. Growing up is hard to do in a society overwhelmed by pre-millennium tension, Y2K bugs, endless war and bursting bubble economies. Angie finds herself stretched thin as the common thread between these newly minted adults.

Eleanor Davis, author of Stinky and How to be Happy, says:

"I love Angie Bongiolatti and its swimming cast of characters, even as I cringe to see myself there: sad and stupid, selfish and small, needing a shower. In a world filled with people who struggle to be good despite being - unattractively, uncomfortably, unacceptably - human, Dawson holds up a gentle and forgiving mirror."

Join Mike and us, Friday, March 28th, at Brooklyn’s Bergen Street Comics for for a pre-show beer bash and book signing!

BOOK DEBUT: Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Festival, April 5TH and 6TH, 2014, at the 69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010
BOOK RELEASE EVENT: March 28th, 2014, 8pm-10pm, at Bergen Street Comics, 470 Bergen St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
IN STORES APRIL 15th, 2014

The cartoonist captured in his natural habitat, The Queens, NYC.

A Cringe-Worthy Cover!

Here’s another thing I did. It’s the cover for a comics anthology being published by Birdcage Bottom Books! I’m told it will be out in time for SPX, whenever that is. Soon, I’ll bet. It’s always a fun show. You should go and get one of these. More info t/c!


25 Years Ago Today…

It was 25 years ago today that I did my first (and only) cartoon for The New Yorker.


Last Weeks in Next Week in NYC!

Here is the last handful NWinNYC! comics. I’ll be putting the strip on hiatus for a while to focus on bigger problems. I mean projects, of course, but more on that later. I enjoyed doing these strips for The NY Observer and hope to do some more in the future. But these are the last of them for now so read ‘em slow. And if you find yourself jonesing for some Big Apple humor, you can always score a copy of If New York City Was The World. It’s a collection of strips about the city that never sweeps that originally ran in a Manhattan neighborhood newspaper way back when those kinda things still existed. But the humor inside is as fresh as a NYC breeze. It’s way out of print but you can actually get a signed copy from me through Amazon. In the meantime, enjoy!
















A Public Service Announcement…

It looked like the snow was melting and we were over the hump of winter but it’s snowing again and there’s another major snowstorm forecast for the first week in March. So, just in case, here’s a comic I did for NICKELODEON Magazine some years ago. It could come in handy.



Meet Frank And Irene Riciglio, the Queens couple who successfully bid to host the 2018 winter Olympic games

A very funny strip by Joe Dator. Ah, Queens…


Meet Frank And Irene Riciglio, the Queens couple who successfully bid to host the 2018 winter Olympic games

A very funny strip by Joe Dator. Ah, Queens…

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