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Birdcage Bottom Books will be debuting this embarrassing little tome at SPX this weekend. You’ll be smacking your forehead later if you blow your chance to own one.

MAD # 529

Hey, I’ve got some pretty pictures in this here magazine! It’s been on newsstands for weeks. Whatcha waiting for?

You can get the details over at Tom Richmond’s MADblog!


Angie Bongiolatti updates.

I’ve improved the Angie Bongiolatti page on my website. I’ve composed a new book description, and added a link to the meaty preview pdf that Secret Acres put together.

Reminder that I am selling copies of the book through PayPal. For cover price ($20), I will sign and sketch in your copy, will include shipping, and will throw in an additional mini comic while supplies last.

Reach me at mikedawsoncomics (at) hotmail (dot) com

A Space Odyssey in Queens

Not that you should need more reason than this to come visit Queens. But there’s a neat exhibit on view in my neighborhood. Epicures, artists and space nerds should take special note: There is a scale model of the solar system that “begins” in the NYC panorama at the Queens Museum of Art with a model of the sun. The planets, all in scale then stretch past through the museum, then out, past the Queens Zoo toward the Hall of Science (where you’ll find Saturn in the lobby) and then continues outward into the neighborhood of Corona. The planets are located at some of the best eating spots around. Nixtamal houses Neptune and serves great Mexican food and serves imported coca cola (the kind with real sugar in it instead of corn syrup). And Pluto is in Leo’s Latticini, better know as “Mama’s.” It has some incredible Italian food (heroes, subs, sandwiches, cheeses, pasta, etc.). I’ve never been to Cucino A Modo Mio. And since you’re in the vicinity, walk the extra block into deep space and get yourself an icy at The World’s Famous Lemon Ice King of Corona. (I marked it with a star on the map.) It’s not part of the exhibit but serves out-of-this-world ices. I couldn’t find a map online like the one I’ve posted here. (I picked this one up at the HoS.) But here is a link with some more info about the rest of the exhibit. Enjoy!


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.

(Source: mikedawwwson, via inkpanthers)

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

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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!